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Jason McGee back from suspension as Donegal have full deck for crunch game with Kildare

Tom Comack

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Jason McGee back from suspension as Donegal have full deck for crunch game with Kildare

Division Two table going into final round of games

Michael Langan and Jason McGee are expected to be in contention for Donegal  for Sunday’s crunch Allianz League Division Two meeting with Kildare, in Fr Tierney Park, Ballyshannon.

They both missed last weekend’s win over Cork, Langan through injury and McGee through suspension. McGee was serving a one match ban following his red card against Armagh.

Neil McGee, who is chasing a record equalling 173 appearances in Dr McKenna Cup, League and championship, and former All-Star defender Frank McGlynn are also in the running for a return to action on Sunday.

Paddy McGrath returned last weekend against Cork and Leo McLoone and Michael Murphy the week before against Armagh. “Yeah Neil got a couple of minutes against Cork and Frank has been back in training and has a few weeks behind him.

“We trained on Tuesday night and the two boys were shaping well and we will train again tomorrow night (Thursday) and we will see how they are going. But yeah they will be in the 26 man squad for Sunday.

“It is great to have the older and experienced boys back, it greatly adds to the atmosphere at training which is all very positive.”

Donegal go into the game in third place in the Division Two table, equal on points with Fermanagh, two behind leaders Meath. Kildare are in fourth place, one point behind Donegal. Meath and Fermanagh meet on Sunday in Navan.

“It is a huge game for both ourselves and Kildare while it is not 100% certain the winners on Sunday will win promotion and a place in the Division Two final.

“We know Kildare from last year. They put us to the pin of our collar also in Fr Tierney Park. They scored three goals that day against us and we were lucky to win by two points.

“We are going to have to play at the top of our game if we hope to win and be in with a chance of promotion.”

If Donegal win on Sunday they is speculation that the Division Two final will be played on Saturday (30th) in Croke Park. The Division Two final is normally played on a Sunday along with the Division One final. But with the Division Three final not ready due to last weekend’s cancellations the Division Two final may be moved to Saturday and be part of a double bill with the Division Four final meeting of Derry and Leitrim.