McFadden still a doubt

Colm McFadden is still a doubt for next Sunday’s crunch Allianz National Football League Division One clash with Armagh in Ballybofey, despite playing for his club St. Michael’s at the weekend.

Colm McFadden is still a doubt for next Sunday’s crunch Allianz National Football League Division One clash with Armagh in Ballybofey, despite playing for his club St. Michael’s at the weekend.

McFadden, who played the full 60 minutes in Sunday’s drawn encounter with Naomh Conaill in Dunfanaghy and scored four frees, is still bothered by the hamstring injury that saw him miss the game with Dublin in Croke Park.

The corner forward was complaining after the club game of a tightening of hamstring and will undergo intensive treatment this week in bid to have him fit for what is effectively a relegation clash.

“It was grand until that last run and was not bothering me at all, but then I went on the run and I found it stretching a little but hopefully it will be fine,” McFadden said afterwards.

With Michael Murphy already ruled out of Sunday’s game, the Donegal medical team will be working overtime in a bid to have the St. Michael’s man fit for what is a must-win game.

Donegal’s preparations are not helped this week either that the county’s other main attacking threat, Patrick McBrearty, is in London all week attending an Australian Rules trial and will not be home until late on Saturday night.

Meanwhile, Eamonn McGee, who received a straight red card in Gaoth Dobhair’s league meeting with Dungloe, will be free to face the Orchard County, Donegal secretary Aodh Martin O’Fearraigh has confirmed.

“The sending off does not affect Eamon, it only applies to club football and does not carry over to county football. So he is free to play against Armagh,” O’Fearraigh told the Democrat/People’s Press last night.

With no other reported injuries from the weekend’s full programme of All County League games, McFadden is Donegal’s injury concern ahead of Sunday’s game.

Given McFadden’s importance to the Donegal attack in his own right and especially given the absence of Michael Murphy, the Donegal management are expected to give the St. Michael’s man every chance to shake of the injury and prove his fitness.

With Mayo defeating Dublin on Saturday night and joining the Dubs and Down on six points in the league table, Sunday’s game is a crunch encounter. For Donegal, Laois and Armagh it is a battle for survival but also in with a chance of making the last four and the lucrative knock out stages.

The bottom line is Donegal need to win to be in with a chance of preserving their top flight status.

Division One Table

P W L D F A Pts

Kerry 6 5 1 0 96 71 10

Cork 6 3 2 1 84 66 7

Mayo 6 3 3 0 85 74 6

Dublin 6 3 3 0 100 90 6

Down 6 3 3 0 78 90 6

Armagh 6 2 3 1 78 100 5

Donegal 6 2 4 0 75 88 4

Laois 6 2 4 0 79 96 4