Michael Murphy is believed to be rated extremely doubtful for the crunch Allianz National Football League encounter with Armagh, in Ballybofey on Easter Sunday.
While there was no official confirmation from the Donegal camp, the Democrat has learned that Murphy is to undergo surgery on the knee injury and is going to be in a race against the clock to be fit for what is a relegation battle with the Orchard county.
He suffered the injury in a collision with Dublin wing back Johnny Cooper in the second half of last Saturday night’s league meeting with Dublin in Croke Park.
He played on for a few minutes afterwards but was replaced by Dungloe’s Adrian Hanlon. Initially it was felt it was not too serious and speaking afterwards Murphy himself did not seem overly worried.
However, he underwent a scan in a Dublin Sports Clinic yesterday morning and it now seems the injury was a little more serious than initially thought and he is going to have surgery in the coming days.
And with just a little over a week to the Armagh game, time is not on his side which leaves him a major doubt for the game, which is in MacCumhaill Park on Sunday week next.
Donegal are currently on four points along with Laois and Mayo, who have a game in hand, and one behind Armagh, who are on five points.
As things stand Laois are propping up the table with Donegal second from the bottom. All of which means that Donegal are going to have to win their last game and hope either Laois or Mayo pick up no more points. Meanwhile former Donegal and Mayo star footballer Martin Carney is the special guest this Friday night at the annual Donegal GAA Awards Banquet in the Abbey Hotel, Donegal Town.
Martin is better known these days as an RTE Sunday Game pundit and match analyst.
Among the leading presentations on Friday night is the presentation of the Ulster Senior Championship winners’ medals from last summer to the Donegal senior football team; the Lory Meagher Cup winning medals to the Donegal Senior Hurling team and the 2010 Ulster U-21 championship winning medals.