Division One: Mickey Harte may be absent for vital Tyrone match

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte
Mickey Harte's Tyrone side are in danger of relegation from Division One

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte may be absent from the sideline for Sunday's must-win Division One clash with Kerry.

Harte was unable to attend training this week after undergoing a surgical procedure and it is unclear whether he will be able to take charge on Sunday.

A brief statement from the Tyrone County Board said Harte was "recovering at home" but will resume his duties "in the very near future".

Tyrone need to beat Kerry by two points or more to avoid relegation.

Red Hands captain Sean Cavanagh is fit again and will lead the team at Healy Park.

Cavanagh was unable to start last weekend's Ulster derby against Donegal due to a knee injury.

He did come on at half-time but could not save the Red Hands from a 10-points trouncing.

The Kingdom are also desperate for a result from a winner-takes-all encounter, and will lose their Division One status should Tyrone survive.

Goalkeeper Niall Morgan, who was forced out of the action by injury after less than 20 minutes of last weekend's Ballybofey tie, is also fit to start

Manager Harte, who declared this week that morale was low among his players, has made two changes from the team that started last Sunday.

Ryan McKenna comes in for Ronan O'Neill in the half-forward line, while Conor Clarke is the player to make way for Cavanagh.

Colm Cooper returns to Kerry's match day panel following injury for the first time since the 2013 All-Ireland semi-final against Dublin.

He is on the Kingdom bench along with Paul Galvin who has come out of retirement.

Meanwhile, Monaghan must beat Dublin in Clones to have any chance of being involved in the Division One semi-finals.

Drew Wylie moves to full-back in a positional switch which sees Vinny Corey going to centre half-half for the Farney men.

Donegal could sneak into the semi-finals picture too, but must beat Mayo and hope other results go their way.

Their scoring difference means they are unlikely to get dragged into the relegation mix.

Relegated Derry show three changes for the Owenbeg game against Cork with Eoin McNicholl, Fergal Doherty and Terence O'Brien coming into the side.

Tyrone: N Morgan, A McCrory, R McNamee, C McCarron, R McNabb, J McMahon, P Harte, C Cavanagh, P McNulty, T McCann, M Donnelly, R McKenna, D McCurry, S Cavanagh, C McAliskey.

Kerry: B Kealy; P Murphy, M Griffin, S Enright; J Lyne, P Crowley, K Young; A Maher, D Moran; A Fitzgerald, B Sheehan, J Buckley; S O'Brien, K Donaghy, BJ Keane.

Derry: E McNicholl; O Duffy, N Holly, K Johnston; L McGoldrick, C McAtamney, M McIver; M Lynch, F Doherty; SL McGoldrick, D Heavron, E Lynn; B Heron, T O'Brien, J Kielt.

Monaghan: R Beggan; K Duffy, D Wylie, R Wylie; F Kelly, V Corey, K O'Connell; N McAdam, D Hughes; D Mone, P Finlay, O Duffy; D Malone, K Hughes, C McManus.

Donegal: M Boyle; E Doherty, N McGee, E McGee; P McGrath, K Lacey, F McGlynn; M McElhinney, C Toye; M Reilly, O Mac Niallais, R McHugh; P McBreartry, H McFadden, C McFadden.

Mayo: K O'Malley; G Cafferkey, K Keane, K Higgins, L Keegan, C Boyle, D Vaughan; B Moran, T Parsons; K McLoughlin, A O'Shea, J Doherty; M Ronaldson, D Kirby, A Dillon.

Football League fixtures for Sunday, 5 April (15:00 BST)

Division One

Derry v Cork

Mayo v Donegal

Monaghan v Dublin

Tyrone v Kerry

Division Two

Down v Laois

Galway v Kildare

Meath v Cavan

Westmeath v Roscommon

Division Three

Clare v Fermanagh

Louth v Limerick

Sligo v Armagh

Tipperary v Wexford

Division Four (14:00)

Carlow v Longford

Offaly v Antrim

Wicklow v London

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