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Kavanagh injury blow

Rory Kavanagh picked up an ankle injury playing for St Eunan's yesterday.

BY CHRIS MCNULTY

RORY Kavanagh is in a race against time to be fit for Donegal’s Ulster SFC quarter-final with Derry after sustaining an ankle injury yesterday.

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Kavanagh was forced off in the early stages of St Eunan’s All-County League game against Ardara after twisting awkwardly.

The midfielder received extensive treatment to his left ankle and was assessed in Letterkenny General Hospital last evening.

Kavanagh is to undergo a scan in the coming days to determine the seriousness of the injury, but the early diagnosis was that he had suffered ligament damage.

It leaves him a serious doubt for Donegal’s June 16 meeting with Derry in Ballybofey.

Last Sunday, Kavanagh – playing in his 100th game for the county – was Man of the Match as Donegal defeated Cavan. Kavanagh had ankle trouble for much of last year and was withdrawn late in the first-half of the Ulster final. His 2011 bother was with his right ankle, however.

And the expected loss of the midfielder comes as a major blow to the Tir Chonaill men, who have yet to welcome Michael Murphy back to action.

His club, Glenswilly, played two games over the weekend, but Murphy featured in neither game, though the Donegal captain is expected back in training this week.

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