MICK O'DOWD is still holding out hope that Mickey Newman might be fit for Meath's Leinster SFC opener against Wicklow next month.
The prolific freetaker broke his thumb during county training, eight days ago, and has been given a six-to-eight week time frame for recovery.
That leaves Newman in a race against time for the June 14 clash at Páirc Tailteann.
"It's in a cast. There's a load of work he can do obviously, but in terms of playing he won't be playing for that period," O'Dowd explained.
The Meath boss isn't ruling him out just yet, but cautioned: "He's going to be running tight to the opening round."
Otherwise he is reporting a clean bill of health, with Andrew Tormey back after his recent hamstring travails. "He missed the last three rounds of the league, but he played in the club championship and played last Sunday against Down in the opening of Stamullen's pitch," O'Dowd reported.
Meanwhile, up to 3,000 fans are expected in Tayto Park this evening (6.30) when Meath GAA hosts its annual meet-and-greet night. The senior football panel will be in attendance, and admission is free.