Donegal manager Jim McGuinness drew a massive sigh of relief on Sunday night as all his squad came through the weekend’s club championship programme without picking up any serious knocks or injuries.
The entire Donegal squad were in action over Saturday and Sunday with the vast majority of the players involved in the senior championship and a number also involved in the intermediate championship.
With less than three weeks to go to the first round meeting with Cavan in Kingspan Breffni Park, midfielder Rory Kavanagh is the manager’s only injury worry. The St. Eunan’s man aggravated an old ankle injury at club training on Tuesday night last and did not feature for Eunan’s in their full blooded encounter with Dungloe in Rosses Park on Sunday afternoon.
With the injury believed to be an old one that has troubled the versatile Kavanagh during the National League, the midfielder is believed to be in a race with the clock for the June 12th meeting with the Breffni County.
Anthony Thompson shook off the effects of the back injury suffered against Antrim to play for Naomh Conaill against Glenswilly in Sunday evening’s big game.
Thompson scored the game’s opening score and played a significant role in the reigning champions 0-6 draw with Glenswilly to come through the game in flying colours.
There was further good news for the Donegal boss at the weekend with Christy Toye returning to the St. Michael’s colours after his recent return from Achillies surgery was halted for a number of weeks with a hamstring strain. He made a number of tradmark Toye runs from deep and also linked well with his midfield and half-forward line on a number of occasions and whatever about match sharpness he seemed to be in good physical shape.
Donegal return to training tonight (Tuesday) for the first time since their 1-10 to 0-7 victory over Antrim.
They did have a recovery session last Monday night, the day after the Antrim game, before going back to their clubs to prepare for the weekend’s championship action.
Meanwhile, they will continue their warm up for Cavan when the play a Naomh Conaill selection with the addition of a number of players from Tyrone and Derry on Sunday next at the Cross in Killygordon.
The game is to mark the official opening of Red Hugh’s new Pairc Aodh Ruadh. The game is timed for a 4 pm throw-in and will give the manager an opportunity to run the rule over the entire squad and give a number of players an opportunity to stake a claim for a place in the team and the squad for Cavan.
All club league games will be on Saturday evening this weekend to leave Sunday free for the challenge. CCCC chairman Charlie Cannon has also confirmed that the following weekend - the June Holiday weekend - will be confined to backlog games in the league and the All-Ireland finals of the Gaeltacht as well as premliminary round games in the junior championship.