Sunday 4 December 2016

Dublin manager Jim Gavin delivers good news on James McCarthy's injury

Published 18/07/2016 | 02:30

Dublin manager Jim Gavin insists that star defender James McCarthy will be fit. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Dublin manager Jim Gavin insists that star defender James McCarthy will be fit. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Dublin manager Jim Gavin insists that star defender James McCarthy will be fit in time for their All-Ireland quarter-final on August 6.

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McCarthy missed out on yesterday's win over Westmeath with what Gavin described as a "contact injury" to his quad, allaying fears he had suffered a much more serious setback.

Westmeath's David Lynch consoles team-mate Ray Connellan after Connellan got injured during their defeat to Dublin yesterday. Photo by Daire Brennan/Sportsfile
Westmeath's David Lynch consoles team-mate Ray Connellan after Connellan got injured during their defeat to Dublin yesterday. Photo by Daire Brennan/Sportsfile

"James just got a contact injury on his quad on Wednesday," said the Dublin boss. "We could have pushed him but it was five days and with the new rules, you need to put your team in earlier than what it used to be.

"So that kind of forced our hand on that one. James is a very experienced player but Eric (Lowndes) did very well for the team and played his part, and the players who came in played a team part. Hopefully we'll have James back. . . well I know we'll have him back for the next day."

Meanwhile, Ray Connellan last night confirmed that he suffered a broken leg during the second half of yesterday's game.

"A broken leg wasnt in my plans for the day but that's just a part of sport. Proud of everyone of the boys today," he tweeted.

It's a bitter blow for the Athlone man, who is on the brink for a move to the AFL with St Kilda, with Cribbin unsure of Connellan's future.

"He got on very well over there and he was offered a contract," Cribbin said.

"I don't know whether he's definitely going to go or not going to go.

"It's a big decision for him. I know it was still open for him, there was nothing signed because he had to discuss it with his family."

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