Wednesday 18 October 2017

O'Sullivan: Two-week run-in enough for Dublin

Crokes man Cian O'Sullivan will be right to play the final that has been signposted from a long way out
Crokes man Cian O'Sullivan will be right to play the final that has been signposted from a long way out
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

For the next fortnight Cian O'Sullivan will look for co-operation from his troublesome hamstring.

The Kilmacud Crokes man will be keeping his fingers crossed that the strain he picked up in the final minutes of Saturday's game doesn't affect his preparations for the All-Ireland final against Kerry, but O'Sullivan is confident the team will be ready for action despite the reduced run-in.

Under normal circumstances, Dublin would have more than a fortnight to prepare but their replay against Mayo means their build-up is reduced by a week.

"There's pros and cons," admits O'Sullivan. "Just from the point of view of doing your homework on the opposition - we really just focused on Mayo the last few weeks.

"We haven't looked further than the semi-final. Now we have to recalibrate and take a look at Kerry.

"They've had a couple of extra weeks' preparation in that sense. But two weeks should be sufficient to cover all bases.

"We won't be doing a whole pile of heavy training. Moreso just fine-tuning things and getting ready for the big one."

O'Sullivan, however, expects this year's decider to live up to its billing.

"Especially when both your parents are from Kerry and all my relatives are down there," he said. "I'm well used to it at this stage. Everyone knows all about the rivalry at this stage with Kerry going back to the '60s and '70s.

"I think it's a fantastic thing. I think it's a fantastic part of the game. And I don't think people will be disappointed with the game they're going to see in two weeks' time."

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