Donegal’s injured star forward Michael Murphy will know better at the weekend the extent of the injury that ruled him out of Sunday’s crunch Allianz National Football League victory over Armagh in Ballybofey.
Murphy, who watched Sunday’s game on crutches, will undergo further tests on his injured knee this Saturday at the Dublin Sports Clinic in Santry. He picked up the injury in the league meeting with Dublin in Croke Park, just over two weeks ago.
The weekend clinic visit was confirmed by Donegal manager, Jim McGuinness, after Sunday’s game. “Michael is back in Dublin again on Saturday for a rescheduled appointment and really we won’t know his situation and the extent of the injury until then. But hopefully he will be fine,” the Donegal boss told the Democrat/People’s Press.
Murphy had a procedure on the injured knee in the Dublin clinic on the Monday after the Dublin game and was put in a cast and has been on crutches for the past two weeks. The player himself was pretty philosophical about the injury when speaking to the press on Sunday evening.
“That’s football, and maybe it was unfortunate to get two in-a-row (injuries), but we have to rehab away at it and hopefully get back at the best time possible, in a number of weeks or a number of months,” he said.
His star forward is not Jim McGuinness’ only injury concern this week as the side get down to their championship preparations tomorrow night ahead of their May 20th first round Ulster meeting with Cavan in Kingspan Breffni Park, five weeks from next Sunday.
All-Star full-back Neil McGee was a late withdrawal from last Sunday’s game with a back injury while Leo McLoone suffered a heavy knock late in the game and had to be helped from the pitch. Christy Toye is on the treatment table also and missed Sunday’s game, as did Paddy McGrath.
“Neil has a back injury and was a late withdrawal and was in fierce pain before the game so we are obviously going to have that investigated this week to find out what the problem is. Leo (McLoone) took a heavy knock to the hip late in the game and is a concern and I’d say it will be another two weeks before Christy (Toye) will be back training.”
Donegal will return to training tomorrow night (Wednesday) and will train three times a week over the next five weeks in preparation for the championship meeting with the Breffni County.
“We are going to train Monday, Wednesday and Friday over the next few weeks and are leaving the Saturdays and Sundays free for club games. This is a change from last year when we had sessions on either Saturday or Sunday, but we have decided this year to leave the weekends free so that the boys will be fresh for the clubs. We want the boys to play as much football as they can over the next month or so.”
The Donegal boss has also confirmed that he has no plans to make any alterations to his squad now that the league is over.
“We are currently working off a panel of 33/34 players and we plan to stick with that number as we will be playing a lot of in-house games and we will need the numbers.”