Thursday 29 September 2016

Dubs boss Jim Gavin confirms that James McCarthy WILL be fit to play Donegal this weekend

Published 03/08/2016 | 11:15

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 has confirmed that All Star wing-back James McCarthy is fit and available for selection for this weekend's All-Ireland quarter-final meeting with Donegal on Saturday.

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McCarthy sustained a quad injury before Dublin's facile Leinster final win over Westmeath and was expected to miss the game with Rory Gallagher's men but the 26-year-old has worked his way back into contention.

“He is available for selection,” said the Dublin manager today. “Obviously he hasn’t played for a few weeks, like, an inter-county game, but he is very experienced player and it is good to have him back.

“He has met all, probably was a bit ahead, of all his goals so it is just great to have him back on grass last week which is great news.”

With fellow All Stars Jack McCaffrey and Rory O'Carroll missing from last year's All-Ireland winning side, McCarthy's availability will be a massive fillip[ for Gavin.

The Dubs boss is confident that they are not being hasty by bringing McCarthy back so soon after his knock.

“Well I think any payer coming back for their first game there is always that threat,” he said. “Now it has been managed well and when player feels he is good to go and the medical team agrees with that consensus, that’s what I’ll take.

"I’ve never put any player under pressure to get back, the medical team is there, it is the players choice, once they feel they are 100 per cent we will go with that.

“Defensively, first and foremost, he has been very strong and obviously he gives us attacking options as well.

“But he is one of a number of players that is in that back division that are playing well. Everybody who has taken to the field to represent the county in that back division has done extremely well. We are lucky to have cover in that area.”   

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