Bradley rift can be resolved: Crozier

Derry football manager Paddy Crozier has admitted that axed forward Eoin Bradley could return for the Oak Leafers "at a future date" this season.

Derry football manager Paddy Crozier has admitted that axed forward Eoin Bradley could return for the Oak Leafers "at a future date" this season.

Crozier and Bradley had a row recently which resulted in the Glenullin attacker being dropped from the county panel.

A 'flu bug forced Bradley to miss Derry's most recent NFL match with Kildare last month, although the player has since said that despite the illness, he was disappointed to not have been picked to start the game.

He travelled down to the game in Newbridge by car, not on the team bus, and watched it from the stands with his father Liam, a former member of the Derry management.

He missed the following Tuesday's training session and was told two days later, in a meeting with Crozier, that he was being dropped.

Bradley's absence, along with that of his elder brother Paddy, who has a hamstring problem, could be severely felt on Sunday when Derry clash with Armagh in Crossmaglen, throw-in 2.30pm.

Crozier said of the falling out: "There was an issue and we have addressed that issue. The matter is over for now, we have to move on and focus on this weekend's game against Armagh.

"There's no doubt about the fact that Eoin's a very good forward and Derry football needs Eoin Bradley, the county needs all its top players.

"As far a we're concerned the door is still open for Eoin to comeback and rejoin the panel at a future date," he told the Derry Journal.

Crozier has, meanwhile, named an unchanged starting line-up to the one that lost 0-10 to 0-7 to Kildare for Sunday's trip to Armagh.

There is one positional change to the side that lost to Kildare - Ruairi Murray and Paul Bradley swap places up frnt.

Paddy Bradley is due to undergo a scan on his hamstring today, with his return date still up in the air. But there is better news regarding midfielder Joe Diver who is back in full training after a recent injury.

DERRY (NFL v Armagh) - B Gillis; K McGuckin, K McCloy, J Keenan; P Cartin, SM Lockhart, G O'Kane; F Doherty, J Conway; R Murray, C Gilligan, M Lynch; R Wilkinson, E Muldoon, Paul Bradley.

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