Jim McGuinness said one of the best things about Donegal’s 2-10 to 1-8 win over Armagh was that the game saw Karl Lacey’s rehabilitation move to the next level.
Lacey had hip surgery in December 2012 before needing going under the knife again last June with a cartilage injury.
Since then, the 29-year-old has been working towards reaching his own lofty standards. The Four Masters defender wants to roll back the clock in more ways than one.
“It was a tough year for us last year,” he said on Sunday at the Athletic Grounds.
“This year has been all about getting back to where we were in 2011 and 2012. We took it one game at a time then and we’re back doing the same now
“I’m getting there. Last year was frustrating for me. I’m taking a slower approach to it this year and it’s just about building it back up again with each game and each week.
“I’m doing that and picking up no niggles along the way, which is a massive help in keeping fresh.”
“It’ll be a tough test having already played Monaghan in Letterkenny,” Lacey said. “Teams are fitter now. It makes for an interesting battle.”