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Mulligan set for Red Hand return

Updated: Tuesday, 19 Jul 2011 10:58

Owen Mulligan - The triple All-Ireland winner is set to return to the Tyrone panel ahead of Saturday's meeting wth Armagh (Omagh, 7.00pm)
Owen Mulligan - The triple All-Ireland winner is set to return to the Tyrone panel ahead of Saturday's meeting wth Armagh (Omagh, 7.00pm)

Owen Mulligan will return to training with the Tyrone football panel this week, according to reports.

The Cookstown man didn't train last week, citing a lack of match time as the reason for pulling out.

But it seems he will return and will be available for selection when his side face old rivals Armagh in the qualifiers this Saturday.

Tyrone PRO Damian Harvey said: ‘I think he felt that if he wasn’t getting a run with Tyrone he could offer more to the club.

'I know that a number of the Cookstown boys were in contact with Owen to encourage him to return to county training and after he spoke with Mickey that’s exactly what he’s going to do.’

30-year-old Mulligan had started in the Ulster SFC semi-final defeat to Donegal and came on as a substitute in the Round 2 qualifier win over Longford on 9 July.

Meanwhile, the Red Hand County will welcome back Kevin Hughes and Martin Swift, who both missed the Longford game through injury, while Stephen O’Neill is ruled out with a hamstring strain.