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McNamee boost for Tyrone as Gallagher ruled out for Donegal

Tyrone defender Ronan McNamee. Picture by Philip Walsh
Cahair O'Kane and Chris McNulty

THERE’S better news on the injury front for Tyrone than Donegal ahead of their hotly-anticipated Super 8 showdown in Ballybofey next weekend.

The Red Hands have been buoyed by the news that full-back Ronan McNamee did not suffer any broken bones in his leg after an accidental collision with team-mate Conor Meyler during their defeat by Dublin.

The Aghyaran man took a heavy bang on the shin and had to be replaced straight away in the moments leading up to half-time in Omagh.

It’s understood that an x-ray cleared him of a break and could yet be available for the MacCumhaill Park clash, in which a draw or win would see Tyrone progress to the last four, while Declan Bonner’s side must win.

The Tír Chonaill boss has been dealt a blow with the news that the hugely impressive Eoghan Bán Gallagher will miss the game.

The Killybegs man underwent a scan on an arm injury in Letterkenny yesterday and has been ruled out, although the exact extent of his injury is as yet unclear.

Gallagher had to be withdrawn early in Saturday evening’s 0-20 to 0-13 win over and left the ground in a sling.

Donegal were hopeful that Gallagher would recover in time to line out against the Red Hands, but are now resigned to being without the flying defender.

The news is more positive, however, on Frank McGlynn. The Glenfin man had to leave the action on 56 minutes, but Donegal are confident that the 2012 All-Ireland winner will be fit to face Tyrone.

They are already without cruciate victim Patrick McBrearty, who suffered the horror injury in the Ulster final win over Fermanagh.

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