Boost for Dubs as All Star trio set to return for Lilies clash
Published 04/03/2014 | 02:30
DUBLIN manager Jim Gavin could welcome back All Star trio Paul Flynn, Rory O'Carroll and Alan Brogan for Saturday night's visit of Kildare to Croke Park.
After suffering their first competitive defeat in either league or championship in almost a year against Cork last Saturday, Gavin's options are set to broaden as they welcome Jason Ryan's Lilies to HQ.
"Rory O'Carroll picked up a knock in a training game leading into the Kerry match, so we just took the precaution of resting him up until he was right. We just have to make sure he is 100pc," Gavin said.
"Same with Paul Flynn, who just had a muscle strain in the warm-up. On a different day we might have tried him but at this stage of the season you need to ensure players are 100pc fit rather than risk them.
"Alan Brogan should definitely (be available) if he gets through this week be good for the weekend. Bernard (Brogan) still has a bit of work to do along with Denis Bastick and Dean Rock."
Despite the loss to Cork, Gavin is pleased with his side's progress in their bid to retain Sam Maguire, pointing out the impact some new faces, including Cormac Costello, have made.
"Any of the new guys we've introduced I think have done quite well and they're all pushing hard, but yeah, (Cormac) has picked up from where he left off last year.
"I think the energy is still there. Probably the most pleasing thing in all three games is that there is a bite amongst the squad," Gavin said.
Elsewhere, Meath have named three of the side that started last Saturday night's Division 2 defeat to Armagh in their U-21 side to take on Louth in tomorrow night's Leinster quarter-final.
Bryan McMahon, Eamonn Wallace and Padraic Harnan all played 70 minutes in Navan last weekend and they are set to start for the Sean Barry-managed side.
Corner-back David McQuillan and midfielder Conor Sheridan are also involved in Mick O'Dowd's senior panel but they are without promising forward Cillian O'Sullivan due to injury.