Donegal down to 21 fit players

Donegal down to 21 fit players
Donegal manager Jim McGuinness may, on the eve of the Dr McKenna Cup, be forced to draft in a number of new players.

Donegal manager Jim McGuinness may, on the eve of the Dr McKenna Cup, be forced to draft in a number of new players.

Donegal face arch rivals Tyrone on Sunday next in O’Donnell Park, in the first of three games in the group stages of the Dr McKenna Cup.

And the Donegal manager admitted last night that he is down five of his original Dr McKenna squad announced before Christmas.

“After today’s game with Roscommon we are down to 21 fit players for next Sunday’s game against Tyrone. Karl Lacey is the latest to join the list. Karl has a hamstring problem after today’s game and he will be out for a week or so.”

Neil Gallagher, Neil McGee and Hugh McFadden are among the others rhymed off by the Donegal boss to add to an already lengthy injury list.

Paddy McGrath, Patrick McBrearty, Christy Toye, Neil Gallagher and Conor Classon are the players on the long term injury list.

“We will take stock over the next day or so and I wouldn’t rule out at this stage the possibility of drafting in a few players.”

Between the long term injured and college commitments McGuinness is without 13 players (8 injured, 5 college) in total of the overall squad he named back in November.