Tyrone manager Mickey Harte has hit out at the "disgraceful" manner in which Brian Dooher was suspended following a domestic club game.
Dooher received a straight red card while playing for Clann na nGael in the opening Tyrone League game of the season and received a four-week ban.
This has prevent the veteran from getting match time in recent weeks.
"The conditions under which he got suspended were nothing short of disgraceful," said Harte.
The veteran Red Hand skipper had played just half an hour's football in the National League and has subsequently been prevented from getting valuable game time with his club ahead of the Ulster Championship opener against Monaghan on 5 June.
"I would be hugely disappointed with what happened in the Tyrone league," said Harte.
"Brian Dooher deserves better than that.
"People who know Brian Dooher would know what he would be involved in and what he wouldn't be involved in, so I'm hugely disappointed that that happened to him," said Harte, who declined to elaborate further.
"That's for another day," he added.
The Tyrone captain unsuccessfully appealed the suspension, which will not expire until next week.
Harte continued: "He's a man who rolls up his sleeves, gets on with the job, he doesn't complain, and Brian Dooher will be fine."
And the Tyrone boss insisted that the double All-Ireland winning captain will compensate for his lack of match practice with his total commitment to the cause.
"Brian Dooher being Brian Dooher, he will not want for dedication and keeping up his own standards."