Neil McGee and Paddy McGrath are expected to return this weekend for Donegal against Cork, in a crunch tie in Division Two of the Allianz Football League in Pairc Uí Rinn, in Cork.
The two experienced defenders have returned to training in recent weeks and are going well and in line for recalls for Saturday’s game.
“Neil and Paddy are going well in training as is Frank McGlynn too, the only concern is they are short on match fitness,” said Donegal boss Declan Bonner.
“We will monitor them this week at training, we have two sessions to go before Saturday and we will make a decision then on Friday night. But as of now I would say they are definitely in the frame for action at the weekend.”
Neil McGee missed Donegal’s opening games due to Gaoth Dobhair’s championship run. Paddy McGrath was recovering from a long term injury. If Paddy McGrath features in Saturday’s game, it will mark his 100th appearance in a Donegal shirt.
Michael Murphy made an instant impact on his return two weeks ago and hit 1-2 in a man of the match performance and played a lead role in the one point win over the Orchard County.
Murphy is expected to start this time around in what is a crunch tie for the two counties. Donegal, on the back of that win over Armagh, are back up to third place in the league table and back in the promotion race.
And while promotion is not totally in their own hands if they take two points from Saturday’s trip to Cork and win against Kildare the following weekend, they will be in the running for one of the two promotion places.
This is a must win game for Cork who are propping up the Division Two table with just three points from five games played. If the Rebels have any chance of surviving they must take full points from Saturday’s game.
The game is part of a double bill. Donegal also face Cork in the Lidl Ladies National Football League in the curtain raiser. (Throw-in 12 noon).