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A quick one, just to provide an update on those who may or may not be available to play Donegal this Sunday, courtesy of this week’s Mayo News (paper and digital variants).
The good news first. Keith Higgins and Lee Keegan should both definitely be okay for Sunday. A number of other experienced players – Chris Barrett, David Clarke, Seamus O’Shea, Andy Moran, Alan Dillon and Michael Conroy – are all, according to that Mayo News piece by Mike Finnerty, back in training. How many are in the squad for Sunday, though, will, I guess, depend on how strong a team we’re in a position to field for this important fixture.
Mark Ronaldson and Stephen Coen, the latter fresh from his Sigerson Cup heroics, are also available for selection. With all the football he’s been playing of late, I’d be tempted to tip Stephen in from the start at Ballybofey.
Now to the not-so-good news. Kevin McLoughlin, Tom Parsons and Donal Vaughan – three battle-hardened players we really could do with the next day – are all still recovering from their respective injuries. The trio are, according to that piece, “all doubtful” for Sunday. Balls.
Definitely out for Donegal are Alan Freeman, Caolan Crowe and Kevin Keane. The Wesport player has been out since picking up that shoulder problem against Rosommon in the FBD while the other two have picked up knocks in training.
In other news, the paper is also reporting that the League match against Monaghan on 6th March has been switched from Castleblaney to Clones, reportedly due to capacity considerations. St Tiernach’s Park is a grand spot – I first stood there at the 1983 Ulster final and have had a soft spot for the place ever since – but it’s been a while since we played there. Indeed, since the blog’s inception I think we’ve only played there the once, and that was against Fermanagh rather than Monaghan, as Brewster Park was closed for redevelopment work then. That was back in March 2007 when this happened:
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