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McGee and Langan back in Donegal frame

Donegal's Jason McGee is available again for their final day meeting with Kildare after serving a one-match ban. Picture by Margaret McLaughlin.
Gerry McLaughlin

JASON McGee and Michael Langan are back in the frame for Donegal as they face Kildare in a crunch do or die encounter in Ballyshannon on Sunday.

Donegal need to win to ensure promotion and the expected return of the towering duo certainly beefs up their squad ahead of the visit of the Lilywhites, who are also chasing promotion.

Kildare can win promotion if they win in Ballyshannon and Meath beat Fermanagh, while Donegal will go up if they win and Fermanagh don't better their margin of victory by at least four points.

Langan has been “carrying a knock”, while McGee served a one match ban after he was lined in Tir Chonaill's victory over Armagh.

“Our only concern is Michael Langan who picked up a knock before the match and we will not know how he is until later in the week. I don't think he is too bad,” said Donegal boss Declan Bonner.

The pair came down from Division One together, and when they met in Ballyshannon last year, Donegal were a bit lucky to get the two points.

“Kildare are a big strong team and they caused us problems last and they had their captain Eoin Doyle sent off, had a goal disallowed and missed a few more goal chances.

“They proved that in the championship later on by taking the scalp of Mayo and ended up in the Super 8s.

“They are a big strong powerful side and have the likes of Tommy Moolick, Kevin Feely in midfield and Fergal Conway, Neil Flynn and Paddy Brophy up front.

“We respect Kildare and we know the quality they have and Cian O'Neill has done a good job with them.

“They were unlucky against us last year and to go down. But they see this is a chance for them to go back up after the victory over Tipperary.

“It is all to play for. But if we play like we can for 70 minutes we will be in with a big chance.”

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