NFL: Derry v Monaghan preview

Updated: March 3, 2012

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Derry will play host to Monaghan in Round 3 of the National Football League at Celtic Park on Saturday at 7pm.

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Monaghan followed up their opening-round defeat away to Meath with a much more clinical display in Clones to see off Kildare, so they will be determined to build on that performance when they face Derry, who have lost their two games to date against Galway and Tyrone.

Team news


Forward Eoin Bradley is still on the sidelines as he recovers from the cruciate-ligament injury he suffered before last year’s Ulster final, while Gerard O’Kane is also out with a knee injury.

Conleith Gilligan faces a race against time to be fit with a groin strain, but on the positive side for manager John Brennan, Paddy Bradley is back in the side and returning to full fitness.


Conor McManus resumed light training on Tuesday, however he is still thought to be a number of weeks away from being available for selection.

Ronan McNally, Stephen Gollogly, Gary McQuaid and Thomas O’Neill are also set to miss out with short-term injuries and Bernard O’Brien is unavailable due to work commitments, but Colin Walshe, Kieran Duffy and Owen Lennon could come back into the starting team.

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