It will be music to the ears of Donegal GAA followers this week to hear that Footballer of the Year and four time All-Star Karl Lacey, is back in training.
Lacey, who had surgery on a hip injury before Christmas and has been in rehab for the best part of the last three months, returned to training last week on his own, and is expected to return to full training by the end of the month.
“Karl had three sessions on his own running in straight lines at the weekend doing 400 and 800 metres runs, and he will have another three sessions again running in straight lines this week,” Donegal manager Jim McGuinness told the Democrat.
“He will do that for the next couple of weeks and if there is no reaction and everything going well he will be able to return to full training with the squad. I would hope to have him back in full training by the end of the month at the latest.”
The Four Masters man has not featured for Donegal since last September’s All-Ireland and underwent an operation on a hip injury before Christmas. He suffered the injury in October playing for Four Masters in their county semi-final clash with Naomh Conaill in O’Donnell Park.
His return to training is a timely boost for Donegal as their league campaign draws to a close and they turn their attention to championship preparations for their May 26th showdown with Tyrone.
Meanwhile, David Walsh, one of Donegal’s other long term injured, is making progress and is also expected to make a return to full training in the coming weeks.
Walsh, like Lacey, has not featured at all this year so far. He has been having treatment for a nagging shoulder injury.