Dublin sweat over Griffin's latest injury setback
Published 07/06/2011 | 05:00
Former Dublin football captain Paul Griffin is keeping his fingers crossed that he hasn't suffered a more serious complication of the cruciate ligament injury he sustained last year.
Griffin wasn't part of the Dublin squad on Sunday as they eased past Laois in the second of Croke Park's Leinster quarter-finals.
And that has prompted concern that he may be sidelined for a second successive season after doing the initial damage prior to last year's championship.
Kilmacud Crokes manager Paddy Carr confirmed that Griffin has sustained more knee damage, but would not speculate how long the time frame of his recovery would be beyond missing Crokes's next game.
Initial suggestions were that Griffin had sustained some damage to bone material and not the ligament itself.
Griffin made it back for the latter stages of the league, but he has fallen down the pecking order in the Dublin half-back line with the progress of James McCarthy and the rejuvenation of Declan Lally.
Dublin's biggest concern was their midfield, but the return to competitive action of Ross McConnell will increase options for manager Pat Gilroy, who hinted afterwards that he will be prepared to explore new possibilities.
"We left guys off the starting 15 this time who were in very good form," said Gilroy. "Apart from Ross, who is only back with us, the other four lads who came on today had been playing exceptionally well for us.
"We were leaving guys off who were in form, so you were fairly confident that when they came in, they were going to do the job.
"Even in the league final those fellas had been playing pretty well coming into that match. In the context of the game we probably got it wrong that day.
"I think you can blame us when it doesn't work."
Meanwhile, Kildare will almost certainly have Daryl Flynn, who has missed the last two games with an ankle injury, back for their semi final in three weeks time.
Lilywhites manager Kieran McGeeney is sure to be an interested observer at tomorrow night's Leinster JFC clash between Kildare and Dublin in Parnell Park, when Mikey Conway can lay another claim for some inclusion the next day as he continues his rehabilitation from a cruciate injury.
And Leinster Council chiefs insist they were satisfied that the attendance at Sunday's quarter-final double-bill was in excess of 40,000, albeit only marginally so.
Elsewhere, Cavan's footballers will be without injured half-forward Ronan Flanagan and midfielder Padraig Reilly for Sunday's Ulster SFC quarter-final against Donegal.
The Breffni men are expected to give championship debuts to several of the side that reached this year's All-Ireland U-21 final, including Gearoid McKiernan and Niall McDermott.
Ulster Council have announced that both of their senior football semi-finals will take place in Clones.
The Derry versus Armagh clash will be played at the Monaghan venue on June 19 while Tyrone will meet the Cavan/Donegal winners there on June 26.