McGuinness sweating on McBrearty and McFadden

With Michael Murphy out injured, Donegal’s preparation for their crunch final Allianz National Football League game against Armagh on Sunday next has been hit by further trouble.

With Michael Murphy out injured, Donegal’s preparation for their crunch final Allianz National Football League game against Armagh on Sunday next has been hit by further trouble.

Colm Anthony McFadden suffered a recurrence of his hamstring injury in training last week but did take his place for St. Michael’s in their draw with Naomh Conaill, Glenties on Sunday, and he will be hoping that there is no further setback before Sunday next. The St. Michael’s man was troubled by the hamstring injury before the Dublin game last weekend and was not risked.

Kilcar teenager Patrick McBrearty flerw out to London last weekend as part of the Aussie Rules trials being held by former Kerry star, Tadhg Kennelly. McBrearty, who is a leaving cert student at Colaiste na Carraige, attended trials in Dublin during the mid-term break and was called back for further trials in London this week.

He missed Kilcar’s opening league game with St. Eunan’s in Towney and it is not clear whether he will be back in time for the league game against Armagh on Sunday next.

With Michael Murphy already on the treatment table due to picking up a knee injury in the Dublin game last weekend, it means that the Donegal management are left very short in the strike force.

The Armagh tie is a must-win game for Donegal if they are to retain their Division One status for next year.

The injuries to Murphy and McFadden are also a worry with the Ulster Championship preliminary round game with Cavan now only seven weeks from today.