Thursday 22 February 2018

Lacey not in Donegal plans

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Jim McGuinness has admitted that he is planning for Donegal's Ulster semi-final against Down without Karl Lacey and Neil Gallagher.

Gallagher was awaiting the results of a scan to identify ligament damage to his knee yesterday, while Lacey continues to recover from a minor operation late last week to repair damaged knee cartilage.

Manager McGuinness conceded that it was "unlikely" either player would start the match in Kingspan Breffni Park next week, a repeat of last year's Ulster final. "I would feel it is beyond their reach. I don't think they'll start," he said.

McGuinness said that Lacey would resume running later this week, but could not be sure about his timetable.

Lacey only made it back in the nick of time to play an influential part in the quarter-final win over Tyrone after hip surgery in December, while Gallagher was also injured for a spell during the league.

Lacey's damage was sustained in a club game, compounding damage to his knee sustained against Dublin two years ago.

Irish Independent

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