Down manager has injury concerns ahead of qualifier

Benny Coulter
Benny Coulter is struggling with a hamstring injury

Down manager James McCartan has injury concerns over several players ahead of his county's All-Ireland Football qualifier against Clare on 25 June.

Benny Coulter and Conor Maginn are both trying to overcome hamstring injuries in time to be fit for the game.

The Mourne boss has already ruled out Damien Rafferty, Conor Garvey, Gerard McCartan and Darren O'Hagan.

Long-term casualty Ambrose Rogers is making good progress from a knee injury but is unlikely to face Clare in Ennis.

James Colgan (dead leg) and Paul Murphy (quad) have also missed several training sessions since the county's Ulster Championship defeat to Armagh on 28 May.

The Down manager also suffered the setback of John Clarke announcing his retirement from inter-county football last week.

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