Donegal’s prospects of retaining their Division 3A Allianz National Hurling status has suffered a setback with the loss through injury of key players Enda McDermott and Shane Browne.
Both are out of this afternoon’s relegation play-off showdown with Sligo in Brewster Park, Enniskillen, throw in 4.30 pm.
Setanta teenager Browne broke his collar bone playing for Donegal minors last weekend while McDermott tore his hamstring in a club football game on Bank Holiday Monday.
Donegal manager Ray Durack is also sweating on the fitness of Kevin Campbell, who tweaked his hamstring on Sunday week last against Fingal and forced him to retire from that game. Campbell had missed the previous weekend’s game with the same injury picked up in training three weeks ago.
On the good news front Eugene Organ, who missed the Fingal game through injury, is fully fit again while Danny Cullen has two weeks training under his belt having played against Fingal, literally hours after stepping off a flight from Australia.
This is a make or break game for both Donegal and Sligo, with the winners retaining their Division 3A status and the losers making the lonely drop to Division 3B.
The sides have met once this season already with Donegal emerging the victors with just one point to spare in O’Donnell Park.