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Last Updated: Tuesday, 2 May 2006, 13:48 GMT 14:48 UK
McGuigan may be moved to Belfast
Brian McGuigan of Tyrone
Brian McGuigan was injured while playing for Ardboe
Injured Tyrone footballer Brian McGuigan remains in Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry following his serious leg break on Sunday.

McGuigan seems certain to miss all this year's Championship after suffering a double-fracture in a club game.

The Ardboe man may be moved to the Royal Hospital in Belfast to have his injury further assessed.

A consideration also may be the fact that Tyrone's physio Lewis O'Connor is based at the Belfast hospital.

Tyrone boss Mickey Harte has been left "devastated" by McGuigan's injury and there was little talk about when the centre half-forward will resume his intercounty career at a pre-championship press conference in Dublin on Tuesday.

However, championship preparations ahead of Tyrone's Ulster opener against Derry on 28 May go on and Harte acknowledged that he now has to decide who will take McGuigan's number 11 shirt.

"My job now is to find a new centre-forward," Harte told BBC Sport.

Harte said that McGuigan's bad luck hadn't changed his conviction that intercounty stars should be able to line out regularly for their clubs.

"The clubs are hugely important to the GAA and you have to take your changes," said the Tyrone boss.

McGuigan sustained the injury while playing for Ardboe against Dromore.




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