Murphy on the mend but still a doubt for Cavan

Michael Murphy is progessing well and received a good report from the medics on Saturday, but remains a doubt for Donegal’s championship opener with Cavan at the end of May.

Michael Murphy is progessing well and received a good report from the medics on Saturday, but remains a doubt for Donegal’s championship opener with Cavan at the end of May.

The Donegal skipper was back with his medical team at the Dublin Sports clinic in Santry and Donegal manager Jim McGuinness has reported that the doctors are very pleased with his progress.

“The doctors are happy with his progress and he is healing well. He has to go back in two weeks again for a further check up. At this stage it is still too early to say if he will be fit for the Cavan game or not,” said the Donegal boss.

“The game is four weeks from next Sunday and we will know better after his next visit to the doctors. But overall they are pleased with him.”

McGuinness also has injury concerns over Karl Lacey and Malin’s Declan Walsh following a hectic programme of weekend club league games.

Both suffered slight strains and were forced to leave the action in their respective games over the weekend.

However, the manager was not unduly concerned about either injury last night as he felt they were not too serious and were slight strains rather than full blown tears. He expects both to be back in action in a couple of weeks and well in time for the Cavan game. It is a similar story with regard to midfielder Neil Gallagher who did not feature for Glenswillly on Sunday against Naomh Conaill.

“Neil suffered a slight Achilles injury against Armagh, but it is not too serious and I expect him to be back training in a week or so and it is a similar story with both Karl and Declan. They both suffered slight strains at the weekend, but they will be fine and should be back training in a couple of weeks.”

Meanwhile, the Donegal boss has also confirmed that he has spoken to a number of players with a view to joining the panel and he is waiting for them to get back to them.

“I have spoken to a number of players alright, but with exams coming up they are not sure if they are going to be in a position to give a commitment and I’m waiting for them to get back to them. But I do hope to add to the squad in the next week or so.”

Donegal had, by all accounts, a number of tough sessions last week and they were due to train again last night and tomorrow night Wednesday ahead of another heavy double programme of club games next weekend.