Donegal still hopeful for Molloy

Young forward Dermot Molloy could yet feature for Donegal in their All-Ireland SFC quarter-final clash with Kildare next weekend.

Initial reports last week suggested that Molloy had been ruled out for six weeks, following a knee injury in an Under-21 club match.

But Donegal selector Rory Gallagher says the Glenties native still has a chance of recovering in time for the Kildare game.

"Dermot got injured in an U-21 club game last Tuesday night, and he is going to be touch and go for the Kildare match," he admitted.

"We're hoping he'll be able to do a small bit of training (tomorrow), but I'm sure Kildare have their fair share of injuries as well and injuries are something we don't dwell on."

Molloy, who is nicknamed 'Brick', has been used mostly as an impact substitute this summer.

The 20-year-old scored the clinching goal in Donegal's win over Tyrone last month, and was also used as a second half substitute in their Ulster final victory over Derry.

Kevin Rafferty is expected to be available again after missing the provincial decider with a abductor muscle injury. But his midfielder partner Rory Kavanagh, who is nursing an ankle injury, is said to be a major doubt.

Gallagher added: "Both of our two main midfielders are struggling to be available for this weekend.

"Rory Kavanagh and Kevin Rafferty are struggling. Kevin didn't play the last day at all.

"Rory played for 20 to 25 minutes and then had to come off. We knew going into the game that Rory was a big risk."


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