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Blow for Donegal's league hopes as Ryan McHugh to miss rest of campaign

The 2016 All-Star has carried his stunning form from last year into this season.

DONEGAL’S HOPES OF winning a first Allianz National Football League Division 1 crown in 10 years have been dealt a significant blow as influential wing-back Ryan McHugh has been ruled out for the remainder of their campaign.

The Kilcar club man sustained an ankle injury against Monaghan on Sunday and will consequently miss three to four weeks of action, as reported by Highland Radio.

Donegal are currently second in the Division 1 table heading into the final round of league fixtures this weekend.

They conclude their regulation ties with a trip to Castlebar to face Mayo on Sunday knowing that a win would secure them a spot in the league final seven days later, in what would be a first decider since their success against the Green and Red in 2007.

McHugh was carried from the field late on during their drawn game in Ballyshannon last weekend and a scan has since revealed that he has torn a tendon in his left ankle.

While McHugh will be a significant loss for Rory Gallagher’s side in the short-term, Donegal fans can at least take solace in the fact that the 2016 All-Star should be available for their Ulster championship quarter-final against Antrim on 21 May.

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