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Ciaran McFaul to return to Derry squad for Championship

Derry's Ciaran McFaul is expected to return to the panel ahead of their Championship campaign after opting to take a break
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DERRY are confident forward Ciaran McFaul will return to the fold ahead of their Ulster Championship campaign.

The Watty Graham’s, Glen man had been named in the starting line-up for last Sunday’s 1-22 to 5-10 draw in Laois, but didn’t travel to Portlaoise with the Oak Leaf squad. The talented playmaker had started in Derry's first four games against Fermanagh, Cavan, Galway and Tyrone, playing all but the final 27 minutes against the Tribes men, when he was black carded early in the second-half.

It’s understood the 21-year-old informed Derry’s management late last week of a decision to take a break from the panel due to work and family commitments. But a spokesperson for Derry GAA has confirmed McFaul, who helped his club win the Ulster U21 club title earlier this year, will return to the camp in the near future.

“Ciaran has indicated to the management that he wished to return to the panel after a short break owing to work and family commitments at the present time. The management team have accepted this,” the spokesperson said.

Meanwhile, defender Mark Craig is a doubt for Derry's clash with relegation-threatened Meath next weekend with a back injury.

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