Saturday 3 December 2016

Mannion set to be fit for Monaghan after 'tweak'

Orla Bannon

Published 23/02/2016 | 02:30

UCD's Paul Mannion expects to be fit for their clash with Monaghan on Saturday. Photo: Oliver McVeigh / Sportsfile
UCD's Paul Mannion expects to be fit for their clash with Monaghan on Saturday. Photo: Oliver McVeigh / Sportsfile

Paul Mannion expects to be fit to play in Dublin's Allianz League clash against Monaghan on Saturday, despite his weekend injury scare.

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The star forward was forced out of UCD's Sigerson Cup final win over DCU in Belfast on Saturday with a quad injury after just 17 minutes, moments after converting a superb sideline free.

"I felt a little tweak after that but hopefully it's nothing too serious," he said. "I'll go back and talk to the physios and get it assessed but hopefully it won't keep me out."

Mannion won an All-Ireland medal with the Dubs in 2013 but missed out on last year's success due to study commitments in Beijing.

He's keen to make a big impact this year for Jim Gavin's side, impressing in the opening league win over Kerry several weeks ago in Croke Park, but knows any niggling injury is far from ideal with a flurry of games over the next few weeks.

Frustrating

"It's frustrating. There's never a good time to get injured and after not being involved last year I want to play as much as possible.

"Personally, fitness-wise, I've been feeling good and I have enjoyed it so far. And this (Sigerson) is definitely a nice start to the year."

Jack McCaffrey, who captained UCD to a first Sigerson Cup in 20 years, came off in Friday's semi-final win over UL with a hamstring injury.

While it looked a precautionary move with the team already 10 points up, he was also forced with off three minutes to go in Saturday's final with his team one point ahead.

When asked if the injury was serious, he replied: "ah not really".

"I thought I had a worse injury than I did (on Friday). I came off and the lads did a bit of work on it and I was fine to start again (in the final). No excuses there."

Having won a clean sweep of league, Leinster and All-Ireland titles in 2015, followed by the Player of the Year accolade, McCaffrey was beaming after starting a new season with another trophy. "In all the teams I've been involved in, we had years when we won very little so when the going is good, you enjoy it," he added.

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