Eamon MCGEE is in a race against the clock to be fit for Donegal’s game with Cork, when the Allianz National Football League resumes the weekend after next.
McGee has been struggling with a groin injury since the start of the league and despite coming off the bench in the closing minutes of Donegal’s encounter with Laois, he has admitted that he is still some way off full fitness.
“My recovery is coming along, but it is a good bit slower that I would like. I’m training away but I’m not able to go flat out. It is a strange kind of injury, the doctors have told me I can do light training and run in straight lines but do no twisting and turning,” said McGee.
“The way it is, it could take a week and it could take three weeks. It is certainly too early to make a call as to whether or not I’ll be fit enough for the Cork game. I’m anxious to get back to full training and building up my fitness and being in with a chance on making the team.
“But it will be the end of this weekend or early next week before I know if I’ll be ready for the Cork game. I came on last week against Laois because I was anxious to get back into the thick of the action but it was probably too early. Thankfully I did not do any damage or did not prolong my return. It is a matter of taking time and being patient.”
The Gaoth Dobhair man is one of three first choice players along with Michael Murphy and Colm McFadden, currently on the injured list.
Both Murphy and McFadden are also out of the reckoning for the Cork game and in the case of Glenswilly man Murphy, it could be the latter stages of the league before he is fit to return.
Speaking at the championship draw in Gweedore on Saturday, his father Mick Murphy stated that his recuperation following surgery on his groin has been slow but was going fine.
“He needs a bit of time and I hope everybody gives him that time,” said Murphy Snr, who went on to compliment the Donegal medical team of Mr. Kevin Moran and Dr. Charlie McManus and the Donegal management team for the care they are giving the Donegal cpatain.