DONEGAL’s Allianz League ambitions have suffered a setback with the news that Jim McGuinness looks set to be his top forwards Michael Murphy and Colm McFadden for the start of the National Football League next month.
While Donegal boss was still awaiting confirmation yesterday that Murphy had undergone surgery for a groin injury in a Dublin clinic, the manager was more or less resigning himself to the fact that he was going to be without his captain for the opening three games at least.
However, the manager did confirm that St Michael’s ace McFadden, who had one of his best ever seasons for Donegal at senior level in 2011, was definitely out of the two opening games against Down away and Laois at home.
“I’m awaiting to hear from Michael,” McGuinness said. “He was due to have consultation with the consultant this morning and while no decision had been made on surgery prior to the consultation, I can only assume having not heard from that he is undergoing surgery as we speak. If it a case that he has undergone surgery it will mean that he will be out for six weeks or so and would see him miss our opening two games and possibly three.”
“It is a setback and with Colm suffering from a back problem and definitely out of the opening two games against Down and Laois, we face the prospect of not having the two boys for the opening few games.”
But the manager insisted the most important thing was that the players welfare and not to play them and avoid running the risk of doing more long-term damage. McFadden’s back injury has been bothering him for sometime while Murphy picked up the injury in a challenge game with Roscommon the weekend before last.
And while initially it was thought a few days rest would solve the problem when he returned to training last Tuesday night he had an immediate reaction. He was assessed by doctors twice last week and it is believed doctors were to make a final assessment yesterday morning before making a final decision on whether to operate or not.
Meanwhile, there was better news in relation to Christoper Murrin, who suffered a nasty facial injury in Sunday’s clash with Cavan and the McGuinness was pretty concerned about the Killybegs man when speaking to the media in the immediate aftermath of Sunday’s game.
“Christopher received the all clear from doctors today and other than severe bruising and a number of cuts around the eye is suffering from no major effects from the injury and should be fine in a few days. It looked a nasty injury at the time and we were worried, but thankfully he is going to be fine.”
It is hoped that the Killybegs man, who made his first competitive start on Sunday against Cavan, will be back training before the weekend.