Saturday 3 December 2016

Dubs move on from Byrne incident ahead of Leinster final

Published 10/07/2015 | 02:30

Nicky Devereux will also miss Sunday’s Leinster final but otherwise they reported a clean bill of health
Nicky Devereux will also miss Sunday’s Leinster final but otherwise they reported a clean bill of health

Dublin boss Jim Gavin has confirmed they will not be pursuing any further the incident that saw Davy Byrne sustain facial injuries in a challenge game with Armagh.

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In a pre-match incident, the Ballymun Kickhams man picked up what Gavin stated was a broken nose.

Earlier reports suggested Byrne had sustained a fractured eye socket and spent two nights in hospital after the game.

But speaking ahead of their Leinster final clash with Westmeath, Gavin insisted the Dubs were happy to move on.

"Regrettably, an incident took place before a recent challenge game against Armagh," said Gavin.

"It's disappointing because I think discipline would be a core philosophy of both management teams of the teams involved.

"Subsequent to that both players have spoken and they regret what happened and both players are now concentrating on their inter-county careers.

Regretted

"I've spoken to (Armagh manager) Kieran McGeeney about it and, like myself, he regretted it happened and was disappointed. For Kieran, discipline would be part of his philosophy as it is ours."

Along with Byrne, Nicky Devereux will also miss Sunday's Leinster final but otherwise they reported a clean bill of health.

Bernard Brogan will continue to manage his finger injury while Kevin O'Brien is also back with the squad. Ger Brennan remains out but the Dublin manager "expects" him to play before the year is out.

"Physically, he's in great condition and mentally he is very strong, as Ger always is."

And despite the bookmakers' odds, Gavin is expecting a big test from Westmeath.

"I thought they were quite accomplished in defence when they reorganised themselves at half-time (in the Meath game).

"They counter-attacked very potently with Kieran Martin pushing up with (John) Heslin and Denis Glennon coming on," Gavin added. "They are three very experienced and good players. No matter what way they set up we understand we have a big challenge."

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