Johnston starts for Cavan

Seanie Johnston will make his first competitive start of 2010 for Cavan when they tussle with Fermanagh in Saturday's Ulster SFC quarter-final at Kingspan Breffni Park (throw-in 5.15pm).

Seanie Johnston will make his first competitive start of 2010 for Cavan when they tussle with Fermanagh in Saturday's Ulster SFC quarter-final at Kingspan Breffni Park (throw-in 5.15pm).

The Cavan Gaels clubman dislocated his elbow during DCU's Sigerson Cup winning run, in their opening tie against UCD, and missed the entire National League.

He then pulled up with a hamstring injury in training last month, and is set to undergo surgery later in the year.

"Seanie will (need another operation) at some stage, but it's not preventing him from playing or from partaking," said Cavan manager Tommy Carr.

"He has been full blooded at it for the last two weeks - he has played one or two club games, or bits and piece of one or two club games. He played a full game last Sunday week.

"Every player that comes back after an injury is obviously very cautious and very conscious of that particular injury.

"Sometimes there is nothing you can do about that caution and consciousness of it. He's just going to have to work through it.

"I suppose come the day hopefully the occasion and the situation will overcome any caution or consciousness."

Overall, injuries have not been a major problem for Carr's squad, with Ciaran Galligan and Nicholas Walsh making a return to full fitness ahead of this weekend's clash.

Although, defender John McCutcheon has been recovering from a burst kidney, which he sustained when playing for his club Cootehill.

Carr added: "John should be okay. Again he is another man with a bit of a niggly injury.

"He has been carrying it, he took a bad bang in a club game and we'll just have to wait and see, but we are very hopeful.

"He got a bang into the kidneys playing and passed some blood and that type of thing and ended up in hospital.

"Obviously it's not an injury we can gamble with, and we have to go totally with the medical advice we get from our medical team."

Meanwhile, Carr has handed six players their first Championship starts for Saturday's tie.

Redhills clubman Fintan Reilly makes his debut in goal, replacing James Reilly.

In defence, Denn's Thomas Corr is at full-back, while Belturbet's Eoin McGuigan will start at centre-back and Alan Clarke is another debutant at wing-back.

In attack, former Dublin Junior player Garrett 'Nesty' Smith makes his Championship bow for his adopted county at centre-forward after an impressive National League campaign.

In addition, Michael Brennan will make his return to the Cavan team after a three-year hiatus playing club football with Simonstown in Meath.

Brennan featured for Cavan in their Leinster Junior Championship quarter-final win over Wexford two weeks ago.

CAVAN (SFC v Fermanagh): F Reilly; D Sheridan, T Corr, M Cahill; P Brady, E McGuigan, A Clarke; C Galligan, D Givney; R Flanagan, G Smith, M McKeever; C Mackey, S Johnston, M Brennan.

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