Morgan out of the Championship

Tyrone free kick specialist goalkeeper Niall Morgan has been ruled out for the rest of the season after suffering knee ligament damage.

The 21-year-old will undergo surgery today (Tuesday) at the Ulster Clinic in Belfast to repair lateral collateral knee ligaments damaged in a club game at the weekend.

With a projected recovery time of four months, the Edendork clubman has no chance of featuring for the Red Hands again this summer.

He was among the team’s top scorers in the National Football League, kicking 18 points from long range frees as the Red Hands reached the Division One final.

Pascal McConnell is set to step in as net-minder for the Qualifier clash against Offaly.

Manager Mickey Harte will now have to call up another goalkeeper as cover. He may turn to another experienced man, treble All-Ireland winner John Devine, who recently announced his inter-county retirement, in a bid to persuade him to re-join the squad.