Wednesday 24 May 2017

Connolly and O'Sullivan set to face Kerry as Dubs' big guns return for Tralee trip

Cian O'Sullivan and Diarmuid Connolly head the list of experienced Dublin players poised to return to face Kerry. Photo: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
Cian O'Sullivan and Diarmuid Connolly head the list of experienced Dublin players poised to return to face Kerry. Photo: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Cian O'Sullivan and Diarmuid Connolly head the list of experienced Dublin players poised to return to face Kerry in tomorrow night's Allianz Division 1 clash in Tralee.

O'Sullivan was with the squad for their latest victory over Mayo two weeks ago and now looks set to get his first taste of League action in 2017 as the Dubs seek to equal an 84-year-old 34-match unbeaten record in League and Championship games previously set by Kerry.

Jack McCaffrey, Jonny Cooper and Paul Mannion are also back in the frame after they sat out the Mayo match.

Mannion didn't play against Donegal in the previous game as the Dublin management chose to rest him after his Sigerson Cup load with UCD, a sequence games that displeased manager Jim Gavin.  

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Connolly has also resumed training after he was given an extended break following St Vincent's All-Ireland semi-final defeat to Slaughtneil but may not feature this weekend.

James McCarthy, who picked up a calf injury against Tyrone, and Cormac Costello, who has had a hamstring injury, may not have recovered in time.

Bernard Brogan has also returned to the squad in recent weeks.

Austin Stack Park has a capacity of 12,000 but with up to 5,500 season ticket holders between the two counties, it is unclear whether how many of those will be redeemed.

Irish Independent

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