Karl Lacey and Neil Gallagher are in a race against the clock to be fit for Donegal’s Ulster championship semi-final meeting with Down on Sunday week at Kingspan Breffni Park in Cavan.
Both men were rated extremely doubtful by Donegal assistant manager Rory Gallagher yesterday afternoon.
The 2012 Footballer of the Year, Lacey, underwent knee surgery on Thursday last after picking up a knock in the previous Sunday’s Four Masters club championship game with Ardara.
All-Star midfielder Gallagher limped out of last Saturday night’s championship meeting of Glenswilly of Bundoran after receiving a knock on the knee.
“Neil is in Dublin today, seeing consultant Mr Ray Moran and we will probably have a better idea what his situation later tonight,”Gallagher told the Donegal Democrat yesterday afternoon. We don’t think it is overly serious but we will know better tonight
“Karl, as you know, had the operation last week. Again, it was only minor surgery and was not too serious. He is also to see Mr Moran in the next day or so and we will know better after that.
“We hope that both Neil and Karl will be fit to return to light training at least by the weekend. But being realistic with just 10 days to go to the Down game you would have to say they are extremely doubtful.”
However, the news was much better on Frank McGlynn, who had been sidelined with a hamstring tear in recent weeks and sat out Glenfin’s two games in the club championship. All- Star McGlynn, suffered the injury in the first half of the quarter-final meeting with Tyrone, last month.
McGlynn is expected to return to full training on Thursday night and all going well will be in the running for a return to the defence for the clash with the Mourne men.
Anthony Thompson and Mark McHugh played with their clubs at the weekend and trained with the squad on Tuesday night.
“Other than Karl and Neil, the news on everybody is good,” Gallagher continued. “We expect Frank McGlynn to take a full part and training on Thursday night and Anthony Thompson and Mark McGlynn trained well on Tuesday night. Everybody else is fit and well and it is all systems go now for Sunday week.”
Donegal will train on Saturday and Sunday before winding down next week on Tuesday and Thursday nights.
Meanwhile, the game is an all ticket match. This was confirmed by the Ulster Council yesterday afternoon.
However, Donegal county secretary Aodh Mairtin O’Fearrigh said last night that Donegal were still awaiting further information on the ticket arrangements and that it would be today, Thursday, before they would receive the full details of the county’s allocation form the provincial body.
It is believed the Donegal allocation will be in the region of 10,000 tickets.
Kingspan Breffni Park, has a capacity of around 26,000 which includes a covered stand which holds 2,000 patrons. Eddie Kinsella from Laois will referee the match.