“His importance is obvious and there will now be questions about starting him in this match if there was a risk attached to that decision.”
Donegal Gaelic football star Michael Murphy was substituted with an injury during his side’s 2-25 to 1-12 victory over Down on Sunday.
The Glenswilly player had been doing well for Declan Bonner’s side but was then taken off and Murphy was also injured during the league.
It may well be the same injury that has recurred and doubts will be cast over his involvement in the next match against Donegal.
Donegal face Derry in the Ulster championship quarter-final.
“Michael Murphy again pulled up early with a hamstring issue. This is bad news for him and Donegal. Re-injuring the same hamstring is almost certainly going to extend his period of convalescence,” Fitzmaurice wrote.
“His importance is obvious and there will now be questions about starting him in this match if there was a risk attached to that decision.
“He was crankier than usual during the game, arguing refereeing decisions and attempting to boot the ball away in anger at one stage which is very unlike him.
“I winced when I saw him do it as I didn’t think it was the wisest move for someone just back from a pulled hamstring.
Michael Murphy’s side lost to Cavan in the 2020 Ulster final.
“Was this uncharacteristic irritation coming from a frustration and knowledge that he wasn’t fully right? Only Murphy and the Donegal medics know the answer to that question.
“His body language after the game suggested that he is facing another couple of weeks of scans, rehab, and fitness tests which is unpalatable at the best of times, but is particularly damaging during a shotgun championship.”
Donegal eased to victory against Down in Pairc Esler yesterday and the 2012 All-Ireland champions can look forward to an Ulster championship quarter-final meeting with local rivals Derry.