Murphy to have a scan today on injured knee

Murphy to have a scan today on injured knee
tom Comack @dgldemocrat

Donegal and GAA officials are hopeful that the injury suffered by Michael Murphy is not as serious as first feared.

The Donegal captain suffered what appeared at the time to be a pretty serious knee injury in the closing minutes of Glenswilly’s league game with St Michael’s on Saturday night in Pairc Naomh Columba.

He was helped from the pitch and the fear afterwards was that he had suffered ligament damage.

However he was in Croke Park on Sunday to watch Donegal play Galway in the All-Ireland minor championship semi-final.

“It happened pretty simple really,” Glenswilly assistant manager, Gary McDaid, told the Democrat on Tuesday.

“It was late in the game, and he came to win a ball close to our dugout. He slid on his knees to win the ball and when he caught the ball he leaned back and stretched his knee.

“It was simple how it happened but he was in a lot of pain afterwards. Hopefully, it is not too serious.

“He is due to have a scan in Dublin on Thursday and we are keeping our fingers crossed that it is not too serious,” said the Glenswilly assistant, who also confirmed that the All-Star forward was definitely out of Sunday’s second round senior championship meeting with Dungloe in Pairc Naomh Columba.

Meanwhile, Donegal officials are expected to meet shortly with Donegal manager, Rory Gallagher, to review the season and to find out the manager’s plans for next season.

This was confirmed by Donegal Chairman Sean Dunnion.

Gallagher has completed the second season of his three year term.

“I have spoken to Rory a number of times since the Dublin game, but we’ve had no formal discussion,” said the chairman.

“Rory is currently away on holidays and is not back until next Tuesday. I spoke to him last week before he went away and we will sit down when he returns to discuss the past season and look ahead to next season.

“I expect he is remaining on. I have no reason to believe otherwise. He was appointed for a three year term with the option of a fourth year and he has just completed his second season.”

The chairman also confirmed that U-21 manager Declan Bonner and minor manager Shaun Paul Barrett are also to remain on in their respective positions.

“Declan and Shaun Paul were appointed for two year terms and they have just completed the first year of those terms.”

The chairman also confirmed that Ardal McDermott is to remain on as Donegal senior hurling manager. Reviews are due to be carried out of the U-21 and minor hurling positions.