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McGrath hopeful as Erne ace Daly battles to shrug off latest injury

By John Campbell

Fermanagh manager Peter McGrath is hoping to have full-back Tiarnan Daly back on board after the two-week break in the Allianz League in the latter half of next month.

Derrygonnelly Harps clubman Daly missed last season because of a cruciate ligament injury and had managed only 13 minutes against Monaghan in the McKenna Cup earlier this month before he fell victim to a hamstring injury.

Daly's absence from the side has been compounded by the retirement of two other experienced defenders - Niall Cassidy and Martin O'Brien - and McGrath is now anxious to see his rearguard strengthened for what he anticipates will be a demanding league itinerary.

Daly went in as a substitute for Derrygonnelly against Slaughtneil in the Ulster Club series towards the end of last year and is keen to get game time under his belt in the county colours.

Fermanagh open their league campaign against Down at Pairc Esler, Newry on Saturday week before travelling to face Clare a week later.

But the return of Ruairi Corrigan and Ryan Jones will be deferred. Corrigan has undergone surgery on a shoulder injury while Jones has been troubled recently by a heel problem.

Both players will, when fully recovered, bring an extra layer of experience to the side which was shorn of several players for different reasons even before the McKenna Cup got under way.

On the plus side, Sean Quigley's two towering points from distance last Sunday against Tyrone confirmed he is back on song after injury.

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