Donegal fear for Murphy ahead of scan on injured knee
Donegal captain Michael Murphy will undergo a scan in Dublin this week to assess the extent of what appears to be a serious knee injury.
Murphy sustained the injury while playing for his club, Glenswilly, against St Michael's in a Division 1 League game on Saturday evening.
Eight minutes from the end of the tie, Murphy fell awkwardly as he skidded on a greasy surface challenging for the ball.
Murphy had scored 1-4, but Glenswilly lost 2-12 to 2-8 and the sight of the talisman outstretched and in distress in the dugout after the game was certainly a worry.
Rory Gallagher, the Donegal manager, was among the attendance at the game and will be praying that the injury does not turn out to be as bad as initially feared.
When Murphy went to ground, a stretcher was taken on, but he hobbled off with the assistance of team mentors.
As a precaution, Murphy didn't walk from the field at the end of the game and was driven home afterwards. "It doesn't look good," the Glenswilly manager, Michael Canning, said. "He'll definitely be out for next week, but hopefully it's not too serious. When you see that he can't even hobble over to the car it's worrying."
Murphy will undergo a scan at the Sports Surgery Clinic in Santry to assess the injury once the swelling dies down.
Murphy's fitness was the subject of debate all summer with both the player and Donegal manager Gallagher having to repeatedly quell fears that he was carrying an injury.