Donegal manager Rory Gallagher has dismissed fears that Martin McElhinney is a major doubt for Sunday week’s eagerly awaited Ulster quarter-final tie with Armagh in the Athletic Grounds.
McElhinney, man-of-the-match in the preliminary round win over Tyrone, has been struck down with a virus since early last week. The manager also discounted suggestions that the virus has been diagnosed as chickenpox.
“Martin felt unwell earlier in the week and doctors have diagnosed it as some kind of a virus and he is currently resting,” the Donegal manager told the Democrat/Peoples Press last night.
“He is out in a rash similar to chickenpox and the symptoms are similar but the doctors don’t think it is and that it’s some sort of virus.
“We are fairly hopeful that he will be fine for the Armagh game. He is just taking it easy at the moment but we are hopeful he will be back training next week.”
The player missed St Michael’s league game against Four Masters on Saturday night. Christy Toye, Colm McFadden and Daniel McLaughlin didn’t feature for precautionary measures as they are carrying minor knocks. Karl Lacey also sat out the game because of a slight groin strain.
Elsewhere Neil Gallagher didn’tt figure for Glenswilly against Dungloe also due to a minor knock. Michael Murphy was introduced at half-time in Rosses Park and Glenswilly’s other county man, Gary McFadden, played the full game.
Neil McGee and Odhran McNiallais played in Gaoth Dobhair’s narrow victory over St Eunan’s in Maghergallon. Eamonn McGee was unavailable for the game due to other commitments, while Eamonn Doherty lined out for St Eunan’s.
Hugh McFadden and Darach O’Connor picked up knocks in Saturday evening’s games. O’Connor, who has only returned to full training in recent weeks, was forced out of Buncrana’s league game with Burt with ten minutes remaining following a collision with Burt keeper Shane Bradley.
McFadden went off injured just five minutes into Killybegs’ game against Naomh Muire in Fintra.
Meanwhile Paddy McGrath missed out on playing for Ardara in last night’s senior Comórtas Peile Na Gaeltahcta semi-final against Naomh Conaill after suffering a hamstring injury in training.
Kilcar were involved in a semi final last night but did not include any of their five Donegal players while Anthony Thompson sat out Naomh Conaill’s semi final.