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Declan Bonner won’t take risks with Donegal

By Ryan Ferry

DONEGAL manager Declan Bonner says he won’t be taking any unnecessary risks with team selection this Saturday, but added that his side will be going all out to beat Dublin in the Division One league semi-final.

Bonner’s side can’t play in the league final as they are due to face Down in the Ulster Championship preliminary round on June 27, so they will be crowned joint-champions if they defeat the six in-a-row All-Ireland champions in Cavan.

It’s understandable that the focus has now moved on to that knock-out match with Down but Donegal feel a good test against the Dubs will leave them in a decent position.

Bonner said: “We are getting ready for Dublin. Championship is still two weeks away from next weekend.

“Any time you play the Dubs it’s not going to be just a normal match. I presume Dublin will come fairly strong too.

“We have one eye on the championship naturally enough and we will be keeping an eye on the players. We will not be risking any players but at the same time we will be going all out.”

Donegal have picked up a number of injuries over the last month.

Andrew McClean has not played since the Tyrone game and is still a few weeks away from returning.

Jamie Brennan has also missed two games but is working his way back, while Oisin Gallen was absent for the Armagh game.

Michael Murphy went off injured in the early stages of the Monaghan match, and while Bonner says he is making progress, the Glenswilly man won’t tog out this week.

“Michael will not make it. He is very close to be honest and we will have him ready for championship. As of now, we have the majority of the other guys back.

“We have become used of lads not getting through sessions and we just have to wait now to get over the next two sessions to see what we have but there will be a strong team going out.

“There will be lads missing but at the same time we aim to be competitive against a strong Dublin team,” he added.

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