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Wednesday 15 August 2018

Canty returns to full training to boost Counihan's Rebels

CORK: Graham Canty looks likely to be named in their defence when the Rebels announce their All-Ireland SFC final team tomorrow night, having completed his first full training session last night.

The veteran skipper has been struggling ever since tearing his hamstring against Roscommon six-and-a-half weeks ago; he subsequently started Cork's semi-final against Dublin but clearly didn't look 100pc fit and was replaced at half-time.

Canty didn't take part in a final trial match last weekend, raising further doubts about his readiness for All-Ireland battle against Down this Sunday, but he lasted last night's entire session. This has fuelled speculation that manager Conor Counihan will name Canty in defence, albeit that may not guarantee he will actually start as his fitness will continue to be monitored until Sunday.

Counihan and his selectors face several other big decisions, with Eoin Cadogan pressing hard for a defensive call-up - possibly at John Miskella's expense - while Colm O'Neill is pushing Ciaran Sheehan for a place up front after his match-turning cameo against the Dubs.

DOWN: James McCartan is thought unlikely to risk his stricken skipper, Ambrose Rogers, who is trying to overcome the cruciate ligament injury that ruled him out of Down's semi-final win over Kildare. The likelihood is that the Ulster underdogs will name an unchanged line-up tomorrow night.

MEATH: Seamus McEnaney has emerged as a candidate for the managerial vacancy in Meath - and confirmed that he definitely won't be returning to the Monaghan hotseat despite being nominated for his old job. "I said I would not be available for an interview and that remains the case," said McEnaney.

Banty confirmed there has "certainly been some interest" from another unidentified county, adding: "At the moment it's a wait-and-see scenario but, yes, my intentions are to manage at inter-county level again. How quickly that happens, I haven't made my mind up on."

MONAGHAN: Niall Moyna has ruled himself out of the running to become Monaghan's next boss. The Farney county native has been nominated for the vacancy but has vowed instead to devote his football energies to DCU and Dublin, where he has helped to devise Pat Gilroy's fitness programme.

"I don't feel it is a very good situation (in Monaghan). It will be hard for anyone to go in and try to win over a group of players who clearly have a preference for the outgoing manager to remain," Moyna explained.

"Personally, I feel Seamus McEnaney was right to look for three years when he did. He has done a fantastic job. I haven't been approached about the job. My commitment is to DCU and I'll be working in the background with Dublin."

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