Donegal planning for final without Big Neil

Donegal planning for final without Big Neil
Tom Comack @dgldemocrat

Neil Gallagher, Donegal’s All-Star midfielder, has no chance of playing in Sunday week’s Ulster final meeting with Tyrone in St. Tiernach’s Park, Clones.

This was confirmed by Donegal manager, Rory Gallagher, to the Democrat this week.

“Neil has no chance of being ready for the Ulster final. He injured his shoulder a couple of weeks ago in training and he simply won’t be ready in time for the final,” the Donegal boss told the Democrat.

“He has been very unfortunate this season. Initially he had a back problem at the start of the year and when he got over that he picked up an Achilles problem.

“But he had recovered from that and had been going well in training and now he has suffered the latest injury. Thankfully, the injury is not too serious and all going well he should be back training in a week or so.

“The good thing is that he was going well and built his fitness back up before he suffered the injury and had plenty of running in the legs so when he does get back it won’t take him long to get back up to speed again.”

The midfield giant has not featured in any of Donegal’s three games to date in the championship and only played a half of football in the entire league campaign.

Other than his big midfielder the Donegal boss has reported no other major injury concerns ahead of Sunday week’s showdown with the Red Hands.

“Marty O’Reilly has a dead leg but he will be fine for the final; a few of the lads had bumps and bruises as you would expect after a tough hard championship game.

“But other than Marty the rest of the lads came through Saturday night’s game great with no problem and are injury free.”

Gallagher had his squad in for a recovery session on Sunday morning and they also gathered again on Monday evening for a light training session for all who played on Saturday night and a full session for the remainder of the squad who did not feature in the replay.

“We had them all back in on Sunday morning and again on Monday night and we will train again tonight (Tuesday) and we will have sessions again on Friday night, Saturday and Sunday.

“The form is very good with the lads as you would expect and they are really looking forward to the final and facing Tyrone.”

Sunday week, July 17th, promises to be a big day for Donegal football with the minors facing Derry, the reigning champions in Ulster, in the minor final.


It will be an early start for Donegal supporters heading to Clones on the 17th as the minor game is scheduled for 12 noon with the senior game at 2 p.m.