Neil McGee is Donegal’s big injury worry ahead of next Sunday’s crunch Allianz National League clash with arch rivals and Ulster championship opponents, Tyrone, in Omagh.
The All-Star defender sat out Ulster’s 3-12 to 0-17 Inter-Provincial final victory over Leinster yesterday in Croke Park, with the recurrence of an old back injury. While the decision to miss yesterday’s game was thought to be precautionary, nevertheless the injury is bound to be a concern for Donegal manager Jim McGuinness. The duel between McGee and the Tyrone captain and former All-Star, Stephen O’Neill, is seen as one of the defining individual clashes in Sunday’s eagerly awaited encounter, which is also a dress rehearsal for their May 26th Ulster Championship quarter-final meeting.
And with Karl Lacey, David Walsh and Christy Toye all on the long term injured list, the Donegal boss will be anxious to have his guardian of the large rectangle, McGee, fit for the trip to Healy Park.
On the good news front, Frank McGlynn, who picked up a hamstring injury against Kildare in the opening game of the league, and Paddy McGrath, who has missed Donegal’s two games to date, are back in training and nearing full fitness again.
Colm McFadden. who has also been troubled by a hamstring strain in recent weeks, is believed to be going well in training again.
“It looks as if Paddy McGrath, Frank McGlynn and Colm McFadden will be back in the reckoning for next Sunday against Tyrone,” McGuinness said at the weekend.
Looking ahead to the clash with Tyrone, McGuinness said that the break since the Down game had been good, and it was a matter of lifting the performance now against the O’Neill County.
“Hopefully, we can go to Tyrone and put in a good performance and move it up a level again from the Down game and hopefully we can put some points on the board.
“If we do, it will be great and if we don’t it means we have to pick them up in the next four games. We have a busy schedule of games coming up with five games over six weeks, but we are looking forward to it.”
After Tyrone, Donegal are at home to Kerry, the following Sunday in Ballybofey, followed by Cork and Mayo away in successive weeks, and then an Easter weekend break before they face Dublin in their last game on the first Sunday in April in Ballybofey.
Eunan’s-Gaels DRA hearing
St. Eunan’s will go before the GAA’s Disputes Resolution Authority tonight Monday, in the latest attempt to resolve the long running Letterkenny boundary issue.
This follows Letterkenny Gaels making their case to the DRA at a special hearing sought last month.
That hearing was adjourned to give St. Eunan’s an opportunity to put their case. Tonight’s hearing is in the Carrickdale Hotel, in Dundalk, at 7.30 pm.