Saturday 25 February 2017

Cian O'Sullivan hamstring injury a concern for Dubs ahead of final

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Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Dublin's Cian O'Sullivan has injury scare ahead of All-Ireland final
Dublin's Cian O'Sullivan has injury scare ahead of All-Ireland final

Cian O'Sullivan is facing an anxious 12 days ahead of the All-Ireland football final with Kerry after limping off with a suspected hamstring injury in Saturday's replay win over Mayo.

Initial suggestions were that O'Sullivan had suffered cramp in the closing stages as he kicked a ball but it has emerged as more serious than that.

Kerry report a clean bill of health and manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice said he always expected that, if they were to retain their All-Ireland title, they would be meeting Dublin along the way.

"I always felt that if we were to win the All-Ireland this year we'd probably have to beat Dublin somewhere along the line," he said at last night's press briefing.

"I'd imagine they were the same. The way that the draws were, most people would have predicted a Dublin-Kerry final bar someone getting caught along the line."

Fitzmaurice said Dublin's improved discipline was a factor in their success over Mayo. "I would imagine they were disappointed with their discipline the first day, I don't think it helped them," he said. "I think they were noticeably disciplined in the replay and won comfortably in the end."

Meanwhile Mickey Harte is to meet with Tyrone County Board officials tonight in the expectation that he will be offered the opportunity to continue as senior team manager.

Harte has been operating in a vacuum since the defeat to Kerry in the All-Ireland semi-final with suggestions that he would have to 'interview' for his own position. But this has been denied by the board.

It is anticipated that he will be offered at least a year's extension but issues around the team's relationship with RTé, the size of his backroom team and the availability of players are all likely to be discussed in the review.

Irish Independent

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