GAA Football

Karl Lacey to be part of Donegal squad to face Roscommon

Karl Lacey is back in the Donegal squad for the first time since last summer.

The four time All Star is expected to be part of Sunday's squad for the visit of in-form Roscommon to O'Donnell Park.

A win for Donegal would nearly guarantee a NFL semi-final slot but a defeat could be a real downer ahead of a long trip to Dublin in their Croke Park den.

But Lacey's return is a real boost for Donegal.

The Four Masters clubman has had a hip injury and has been working hard to try and get back to an appropriate level of fitness.

His return is a big boost for Donegal and means that Colm McFadden is the only player who has not come back to the squad.

Lacey is reportedly going very well in training and this has prompted his return to the squad.

And he will certainly be a priceless option in defence and county chairman and fellow clubman Sean Dunnion yesterday warmly welcomed Lacey's return to the squad.

“It is great news for Karl, the county and the club.

“He has been out for a while but he is a real quality player and we are just glad that he is coming back to the squad”.

But Dunnion was less happy with a hefty E7,500 fine slapped on the county as the fall out from last Sunday's fractious encounter with Kerry continues.

“We had anticipated a fine of sorts but nothing as severe as E7,500 that we have been given.

“We will certainly be appealing the fine and looking for a reduction”

Also, the Tir Chonaill county have until this afternoon to appeal a proposed one match ban on full-back Neil McGee, imposed after Croke Park studied video evidence on the incident between the Gaoth Dobhair full-back and Kerry full-forward Alan Fitzgerald

Fitzgerald got a red card after punching McGee and giving him a bloody nose.

But McGee seems to have been holding the Kerry man's fingers just before the incident.

Leo McLoone was also red-carded for taking a swipe at Aidan O'Mahoney and Shane Enright and Denis Daly of Kerry were given black cards in a match where referee Eddie Kinsella dished out five yellow cards.

It I believed the CCCC have cited McGee after watching video footage of last Sunday's extremely ill-tempered affair

But Kerry's Ciaran Donaghy can count himself lucky to escape censure after an incident early in the match where Michael Murphy seemed to be slam and dunked to the ground with Donaghy in very close proximity.

Dunnion said the county had not yet made up its mind on appealing McGee's proposed ban.

“We have until this afternoon to make a decision on that one”.

The chairman declined to comment on Sunday's unsavoury incidents saying he did not think it “would add anything”.

Meanwhile the chairman said he was confident that O'Donnell Park Letterkenny would be able to accommodate the expected bumper crowd for Sunday's crunch clash with Roscommon.

O'Donnell Park only has a capacity of 8,200 and the exits from the ground are not great, to say the least, so traffic delays are expected.

Sunday's game will have a hurling curtain raiser between Donegal and Down in Division 2 B of the NHL and it starts at 12.30 pm.

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