By Brendan Cole
Eoin Bradley could yet be fit for Derry’s qualifier campaign when it gets under way in two week's time.
The star forward injured his shoulder in training but is “hopeful” that it will respond to treatment over the next few days.
Speaking to RTÉ Sport, Bradley said: “It is not too bad. I hurt it last Wednesday night and for the last few days I’ve just been getting physio treatment to make the swelling come down. We’ll know more next week... hopefully with the physio treatment it will react well."
Asked if has confident the injury would heal in time, Bradley said: “I wouldn’t say confident. Hopeful.”
The Glenullin clubman played a starring role at full-forward in Derry’s defeat to Down, scoring 0-4 from play and setting up captain Mark Lynch’s goal with a sublime hand-pass.
But Bradley's display proved to be in vain as Derry were eclipsed in the second half of a thrilling encounter, going down 2-17 to 1-15 in the end.
Bradley highlighted midfield and missed goal chances as areas that proved costly for his side.
He said: “We came in at half time four points up and it probably could have been more but we had missed a couple of goal chances. In the second half Down seemed to get a real foothold in midfield and they won a lot of breaking ball and I suppose they got a couple of lucky breaks for the goal."
Derry are in Monday’s qualifier draw, and Bradley knows they will have no more second chances against whoever comes out of the hat.
He added: "We have regrouped (since defeat to Down). We’re out of the Ulster Championship and the qualifiers are a new Championship. From now out it is knockout. We’ve been training hard for the last couple of weeks, we’ll see who we get (in the draw) on Monday morning and take in on from there."
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