Donegal footballers survive injury scares at club game

Updated: September 3, 2012

Donegal stars Karl Lacey and Neil Gallagher were both involved in injury scares yesterday but both are expected to be fit to face Mayo in three weeks’ time.

Both Gallagher and Lacey had to be replaced during yesterday’s game between Four Masters and Glenswilly but it appears both substitutions were made as precautions only.

Four Masters’ Lacey went off in the 42nd minute and was reported to have been seen clutching at his hamstring with an ice-pack whilst Glenswilly man Gallagher was replaced following claims of discomfort in his ankle.

Gallagher had missed the Ulster Final game against Down due to an ankle complaint and the same injury restricted him to a cameo appearance in the All-Ireland Quarter Final win over Kerry.

The Glenswilly clubman made a rousing return in the green and gold last month when he produced a man-of-the-match performance to dump Cork out at the semi-final stage.

Donegal will be hoping he is wrapped in cotton wool for these next three weeks as the talismanic midfielder is key to their chances of winning a first All-Ireland senior football title for 20 years.

Lacey, meanwhile, has been producing consistent attacking football from the back and he too has been instrumental in Donegal’s surge to the All-Ireland final.

If Donegal are to have any chance of winning the Sam Maguire they know that it will be done a lot easier with Lacey on the team.

Thankfully for Donegal manager Jim McGuinness there were no other injury scares to report as Michael Murphy played the full game for Glenswilly without problems.

Elsewhere in the county Frank McGlynn, Christy Toye and Paddy McGrath came through their respective games for St.Michael’s, Glenfin and Ardara unscathed.

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