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It’s mixed fortunes for Fermanagh boss Mal

Fermanagh manager Malachy O’Rourke could be forgiven for thinking that the gods have been conspiring against him since the start of the National Football League.

Not only has a rash of injuries robbed him of key players but confirmation that Ryan Carson’s appeal against the red card he received against Antrim last week-end failed at a Central Hearings Committee meeting in Dublin means he is yet another absentee for tomorrow’s important Division Three clash against Louth at Enniskillen.

Carson’s ability to play at either midfield or full-forward had offered O’Rourke a valuable option and his imposing presence will be missed against a Louth side boosted by that fine win over Cavan last weekend.

Yet it’s not quite all doom and gloom for O’Rourke. Martin McGrath is almost ready to resume after a lengthy lay-off, Darryl Keenan’s hand injury is nothing more than bruising and both Ryan McCluskey and Eamon Maguire have resumed training while skipper James Sherry has recovered from the stomach bug that hampered his input against Liam Bradley’s side.

“Our build-up play has been fine and I have told the boys that our fortunes will change if they stick at it,” says O’Rourke.

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