Donegal star Martin McElhinney will undergo surgery on a troublesome groin injury in the next few weeks.
The influential midfielder enjoyed a fine season last year for Rory Gallagher’s side – but medical personnel feel it’s time he underwent surgery to alleviate a niggling groin complaint.
The operation is believed to be a minor procedure, and McElhinney is expected to back in training for Donegal in January.
McElhinney was playing soccer in the USL for Fanad United in recent weeks – but he isn’t expected to play again for Arthur Lynch’s side as he gets ready for the operation.
The McKenna Cup competition gets underway in January – and Donegal are expected to train collectively again in December ahead of the 2016 campaign.
Question marks still surround a number of senior players who haven’t committed their futures to Donegal for another season as of yet.
Neil Gallagher is expected to remain on – but it is unclear if Karl Lacey, Colm McFadden and Eamon McGee will return to the Donegal set-up next year.