Tyrone manager Mickey Harte has digested some of the speculation suggesting that Donegal will hurdle his side on Sunday en route to what would be a third successive Ulster title.
It has not, however, deflected him from pursuing his detailed planning for what will be his team's biggest game of the year to date.
The positive Covid-19 test result for one player, the suspension dilemma in which Rory Brennan currently finds himself and the possible unavailability of Padraig Hampsey and Michael O'Neill provide Harte with unwelcome headaches ahead of what is viewed as one of the most enticing games of the entire championship programme.
While much is being made of Tyrone's potential deficiencies, there appears to be rather less emphasis on the encouraging plus-factors that provide their triple All-Ireland winning manager with a degree of comfort.
The sparkling form of Conor McKenna, Peter Harte's restoration to the role of playmaker, Darragh Canavan's initial encouraging flirtation with top-flight football and Ronan McNamee's formidable presence at the heart of the defence can ensure that Donegal will have to dig deep into their reservoir of skills, physicality and guile if they are to maintain sight of a provincial title treble.
Lob in the not inconsequential element that the five substitutes Harte introduced in last Sunday's narrow eclipse of Mayo - Frank Burns, Kyle Coney, Niall Sludden, Niall Kelly and Ronan O'Neill - would amble onto quite a number of county starting line-ups and it can be quickly seen that the Red Hands boss is not exactly struggling for resources.
Mind you, Harte is likely to ponder carefully the construction of his defensive unit given that Tyrone, rather unusually, conceded a total of 3-36 in their two concluding league games. They may have scored 5-27 but it can be assumed that any defensive largesse on Sunday will be gratefully exploited by their opponents.
"While we are very happy to have retained our place in Division One of the league, we now know that we are entering a whole new zone this weekend," insists Harte.
"Ultimately every team wants a championship victory. We have never found it very easy to get championship wins in Ballybofey."
A major championship match in a deserted ground can evoke a particularly eerie atmosphere given the unbridled passion and overwhelming fanaticism that normally abounds at this level of football but Tyrone skipper Mattie Donnelly, who is well versed in inter-county action, prefers to look at the rather bigger picture.
"I think it's well worth stating that we were at a point where we thought there might not be any inter-county action and in the circumstances we have to be grateful," points out the Trillick clubman.
"The crowd restrictions are understandable but we know that there will be thousands of followers watching the action on television.
"Just as the various club championships brought great joy to many people, it will be the same now with the inter-county championships. The hope is that they can prove very important for people's well-being in these difficult times."
Meanwhile, there has been an outpouring of support from Ulster for former Meath captain Graham Geraghty, who was rushed to hospital on Tuesday having taken seriously ill.
Geraghty skippered the Royal County to the 1999 All-Ireland title and played a big part in their 1996 title coup in overcoming Mayo.
News of his illness evoked shock across the country. Geraghty was a key cog in the Meath side of the 90s and played a big part in its dominance of the All-Ireland Championship.