Donegal back to full strength

Lacey, McGlynn and McHugh return for Jim McGuinness’s men ahead of Tyrone clash

Donegal’s Karl Lacey will be back in action in Ballybofey this weekend.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Donegal’s Karl Lacey will be back in action in Ballybofey this weekend. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Thu, May 23, 2013, 19:05

Donegal will be at full strength when they face Tyrone in Sunday’s Ulster football quarter-final in Ballybofey after the return of a trio of key stars to the starting XV.

Jim McGuinness will welcome Karl Lacey, Mark McHugh and Frank McGlynn back into the fold after all three proved their fitness.

Lacey, the 2012 footballer of the year, will take his place at centre back having recovered from the hip surgery he underwent before Christmas. He has yet to feature for his county this season, but his return this weekend will be timely after a disappointing league campaign.

Hamstring issues have hampered both McHugh and McGlynn this year but their inclusion, along with Lacey, means the home fans will see the team that started last season’s triumphant All-Ireland final against Mayo for the first time since.

DONEGAL (v Tyrone): Paul Durcan; Paddy McGrath, Neil McGee, Eamon McGee; Anthony Thompson, Karl Lacey, Frank McGlynn; Neil Gallagher, Rory Kavanagh; Mark McHugh, Leo McLoone, Ryan Bradley; Paddy McBrearty, Michael Murphy, Colm McFadden.