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Donegal Celtic captain McAlorum puts op on hold

By Alex McGreevy

Donegal Celtic’s combative skipper Stephen McAlorum will ignore the need for a knee operation until he is happy his club has confirmed survival in the IFA Carling Premiership.

Just several weeks ago McAlorum and his team-mates were eyeing up a top-six finish in the league but three defeats on the bounce have suddenly given fellow strugglers sight of the Wee Hoops.

McAlorum requires trimming of a problem cartilage in his right knee — an operation that will rule him out of action for up to two months.

Rather than go under the surgeon's knife now, the midfielder will grin and bear the pain in the interest of his club’s immediate fortunes.

“It would not be right to take the operation now when we are all needed to pull together to stop the bad run of form,” he explained.

“If I can play, I will play. I will do my best to continue until I know the club is safe in the Premiership and the lads can enjoy the remainder of their games.”

Paddy Kelly’s side are at home to an in-form Coleraine team tomorrow.

McAlorum said: “Our attitude is good, the spirit in the team is strong and there is no lack of effort in training.

“We all want the same thing and it’s time to get it, starting against Coleraine.

“They got a win over us when we had six first-choice players missing.

“They have a good side — very strong and good on the attack.

“We have got to dig deep again and come up with a performance that will lift everyone at the club.”

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