Bonner sets his sights on a double boost
Donegal manager Declan Bonner could yet enjoy a double boost ahead of his team's Ulster Championship quarter-final against Fermanagh.
Patrick McBrearty is expected to have made a full recovery by then while Ciaran Thompson, who missed the Division Two Allianz League final win over Meath, is also expected to be back in contention for a place in the starting line-up.
A knee injury has kept McBrearty out of action for almost a year and Bonner is hoping that the player will get some game time under his belt with his club Kilcar before the provincial championship gets under way.
He was with the Donegal squad for last Saturday's match at Croke Park but it will be touch and go whether he will be involved against Fermanagh.
Bonner, though, is confronted with interesting selection options as a number of players who saw action at different stages of the league are now eyeing starting slots.
Meanwhile, Armagh's Mark Shields, one of several high-profile players who did not start against Cork in the county's last league game, is hoping to be fit to face Down in the Championship.
Rian O'Neill, Jamie Clarke and Aaron McKay did not start against Cork and it is understood that all three will come into contention for selection against Paddy Tally's side.