Wednesday 17 January 2018

Relief for Donegal as McGee injury not serious

DONEGAL have issued a sigh of relief after confirmation that All Star defender Neil McGee has no long-term damage to his knee, WRITES CLIONA FOLEY,

The Gweedore star dislocated a kneecap during the All-Ireland champions' defeat by Mayo. But an MRI scan has confirmed that the damage, which will keep him out of their final league clash with Dublin on Sunday week, is only short-term, and will not affect his chances of lining out in their Ulster championship opener against Tyrone in late May.

Victory over Dublin would ensure that Donegal hold on to their Division 1 status, although a draw might be enough depending on other results. Down are bottom of the table on two points, with Kerry, Donegal and Mayo all on four points.

The Mourne men have been hit with another blow as three of their starters against Dublin last weekend are now expected to be abroad when the Ulster championship comes around.

Attacker Paul McComiskey has confirmed that he is going away for a year next Thursday, while defender Darren O'Hagan and forward Arthur McConville are expected to go overseas this summer.

Elsewhere, Dublin hurlers will have Conal Keaney, who sat out last weekend's victory over Wexford, back for Sunday's final Division 1B group game against Carlow. Manager Anthony Daly is expected to experiment widely as the odds are stacked in favour of his side making the league final against Limerick.

Meanwhile, Eoin Kelly and John O'Dwyer are among six players who come back into the Tipperary team to play Clare.

Stephen White and Daniel Kearney replace the injured Willie Egan and Tom Kenny (on honeymoon) in Cork's four changes for their trip to Nowlan Park.

Lorcan McLoughlin moves to wing-back, Pa Cronin partners Kearney in midfield, Cian McCarthy comes in for the injured Seamus Harnedy in attack, where Stephen Moylan replaces Adrian Mannix.

TIPPERARY (SH v Clare) – D Gleeson; P Stapleton, P Curran, M Cahill; C O'Brien, C O'Mahony, P Maher; B Maher, S McGrath; S Bourke, L Corbett, J O'Dwyer; E Kelly, S Callanan, N McGrath.

CORK (SH v Kilkenny) – A Nash; S O'Neill, B Murphy, C O'Sullivan; L McLoughlin, C Joyce, S White; D Kearney, P Cronin; C Lehane, C McCarthy, P O'Sullivan; S Moylan, L O'Farrell, P Horgan.

MAYO (SH v Down) – D O'Brien; A Brennan, S Morley, B Hunt; C Finn, P O'Flynn, C Charlton; P O'Grady, G Nolan; S Hoban, D McDonnell, N O'Malley; D McTigue, S Regan, K Feeney.

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