Darach O’Connor it has emerged as a doubt for Donegal’s Allianz National Football League Division Two opener with Laois.
The Buncrana teenager, who is due to make his Allianz League debut in tomorrow’s clash in Portlaoise, is suffering from a tightening of one of his hamstrings and is looking extremely doubtful for the clash with the O’Moore County.
“Darach has been complaining of a tightening of one of his hamstrings since earlier in the week and is extremely doubtful,” Donegal boss Jim McGuinness said this afternoon.
“We will monitor him over night and we will see how he is in the morning before we make a final decision on his fitness. At this stage I would rate him doubtful,” added the Donegal boss.
O’Connor, last season’s minor captain, is Donegal’s only injury concern as McGuinness confirmed the remainder of the starting team named earlier in the week are all fit and well and good to go.
The game, a repeat of last summer’s All-Ireland Qualifier meeting in Carrick-on-Shannon, also marks the return of the McHugh brothers Mark and Ryan and St Michael’s Martin McElhinney for the first time this season.
Karl Lacey, who was hampered by injury for most of last season, also makes a welcome return to the starting 15. He received the call-up on the back of a number of good outings in the Dr McKenna Cup.
Another of the long term injured Christy Toye, who missed all of last season due to illness, is named among the replacements and is expected to get some game time in O’Moore Park.
Despite the absence of regulars Eamon McGee, suspended, Paddy McGrath, Neil Gallagher, David Walsh, all injured, the Donegal team has a formidable look to it. Patrick McBrearty, who is named among the subs, is recovering from groin surgery.