Friday 13 December 2019

Injury and suspension prompts Donegal reshuffle

Donegal's Neil Gallagher
Donegal's Neil Gallagher

CLIONA FOLEY

DONEGAL look set to have to radically reshuffle their midfield for next Sunday's Ulster SFC clash with Derry,

Rory Kavanagh is suspended after getting sent off in the Division 2 league final and his centre-field partner Neil Gallagher is in a race against time to make the big clash with Division 1 finalists Derry in Celtic Park.

Gallagher damaged an ankle in training less than two weeks ago and still hasn't resumed full training and it is believed that his ability to train tomorrow night will decide whether or not he is an option.

Martin McElhinney and Christy Toye are the front-runners to replace them and they also have the option of moving Michael Murphy out to midfield but that would considerably lessen their firepower in front of goals.

Donegal had a training camp in Inishowen last week where it is believed they have been devising some new tactics to surprise a Derry team now in the charge of their former manager Brian McIver.

Sean Leo McGoldrick was a big injury loss to Derry before their league final but he has since got back for a club game and is reportedly flying in training again. James Kielt's fitness is being monitored this week to see if he will make it.

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