Donegal at full strength for Ulster showdown

Donegal assistant manager Rory Gallagher has confirmed he and manager Jim McGuinness expect to have a full panel available for the visit of Tyrone on Sunday week, May 26.

The All-Ireland champions head for a five-day pre-Championship training camp at Johnstown House in Enfield, Co Meath, today for their final preparations for the visit of Mickey Harte’s team to Ballybofey in the Ulster quarter-final.

“We’re delighted to have everyone back and to get them integrated,” Gallagher said. “We have 31 on the panel and expect 28 or 29 to travel to Meath, with the exceptions being the couple of lads sitting exams. They will join us later in the week.”

Karl Lacey was rested by his club Four Masters of Donegal town on Sunday against Ardara in the Donegal All-County Football League Division One but Gallagher said that was not a concern.

“He’s 100%,” Gallagher said of the Footballer of the Year. “Karl put in a really good session with us on Saturday and we’re happy with where he’s at right now.

Hamstring tweaks meant Lacey’s club-mate Paul Durcan, Frank McGlynn from Glenfin and Kilcar’s Mark McHugh also were rested from club action over the weekend but Gallagher said he’s content with where the panel are at.

“There’s a few lads with minor complaints but we expect them all to take part this week,” he said. “There’s a great effort being put in at training and everyone is looking forward to the Tyrone game.”


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