Donegal boss Rory Gallagher could be without the services of Odhrán Mac Niallais for 2017 with speculation mounting that the 24-year-old is set to take a year out of inter-county football.
Mac Niallais has not returned to training for the new season and looks set to spend the year in America in what would be a huge body blow to Gallagher's hopes for silverware this year, especially given Neil Gallagher's uncertain availability in the engine room after a litany of injuries.
After initially earning a call-up from Jim McGuinness in 2011, the Gaoth Dobhair midfielder missed out on All-Ireland success a year later but has become a regular fixture in Donegal's plans since 2014.
It is also rumoured that veteran Anthony Thompson will not be part of Gallagher's squad with the 2012 All-Ireland winner not reporting back for duty as yet.
Thompson's absence, allied with Leo McLoone's surprise departure from the squad last week, would leave Donegal short of experience with this year's league campaign just around the corner.
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