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Saturday 19 April 2014

Brogan boost for Dublin

Bernard Brogan will make his return to Dublin colours for Sunday's league semi-final against Mayo in Croke Park.

Brogan has missed the last three league matches because of injury but Dublin manager Jim Gavin is confident that he is now in a position to return.

Brogan sustained a hip injury against Kildare but any fears that he may have sustained serious damage have been allayed by Gavin's confirmation that Brogan "should be available" after training with the squad.

Ciaran Kilkenny, who twisted knee ligaments early in the Tyrone match three weeks ago, is targeting a league final, if Dublin make it that far.

"He is still two weeks away before he takes the field," said Gavin. "Kevin Nolan is back, Eoghan O'Gara is getting quite close. It's probably a bit soon for him next week. There are guys pushing on hard.

"But Alan (Brogan) is a good bit away as well and James McCarthy is three weeks away. Karl Connolly (Ballymun Kickhams) has a broken collarbone so it's five weeks for him."

O'Gara has missed the entire league programme after undergoing hip surgery while Alan Brogan is not expected back until the summer after groin surgery that has been slow to heal.

Like Kilkenny, however, Rory O'Carroll will miss the Mayo game as he continues to recover from an ankle injury.

"Rory's at least two weeks away," confirmed Gavin.

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