Thursday 21 September 2017

Donegal boss eyes full strength squad for final – despite teething problems

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Donegal manager Jim McGuinness expects to have a full complement of players for their Ulster final against either Cavan or Armagh in just under four weeks' time.

As he reflected on progress to a third successive Ulster final on his watch, McGuinness also revealed that Paddy McBrearty, star of the win over Tyrone last month, had to make a late-night trip to the dentist because of the pain he found himself in on Saturday.

The Donegal team stayed overnight in the Slieve Russell Hotel but McBrearty had to be brought to a dentist in Cootehill on the other side of the county to address an abscess problem.

"We had to take Patrick off but, believe it or not, he had a problem with his tooth the last few days and we had to take him to a dentist at ten o'clock last night and he had to get work done.

"He was in a lot of pain for the last two days. He had a lot of painkillers and probably wasn't his normal self. He did a brilliant job. Just from energy and focus it wasn't great preparation," revealed McGuinness.

Donegal lost Ryan Bradley just before half-time and Frank McGlynn during the break because of concussion but both will have recovered for the Ulster final.

Karl Lacey is already back training after a minor knee operation while Neil Gallagher is also expected back after recovering from a knee injury.

McGuinness will be keeping his fingers crossed that they sustain no further injuries in a round of club fixtures scheduled for next weekend.

Irish Independent

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