Thursday 21 September 2017

Paul Flynn and Michael Darragh Macauley ready to give three-in-a-row hopes a massive boost

Paul Flynn and Michael Darragh Macauley
Paul Flynn and Michael Darragh Macauley
Conor McKeon

Conor McKeon

PAUL Flynn and Michael Darragh Macauley are nearing a return to play as Dublin’s long-term injuries begin to clear.

Both players missed the entirety of Dublin’s Leinster SFC campaign but could be available this Saturday when they enter the All-Ireland series against Monaghan in Croke Park.

The four-time All-Ireland winners have taken part in recent training matches and could now be considered for a spot on the Dublin bench.

Flynn has struggled with a long-standing groin injury after playing the final rounds of the League.

Macauley meanwhile, has spent the past two months rehabbing a serious knee problem in an attempt to play some part in Dublin’s three-in-a-row bid.

Jonny Cooper, who missed the Leinster final, has also returned and is available, leaving Cormac Costello as Dublin’s sole injury absentee.

Former Monaghan boss Séamus McEnaney, meanwhile, reckons there’s plenty of counties that play Dublin that don’t really believe they can beat them but Monaghan will”.

“But I see the best realistic positive outcome for Monaghan as keeping Dublin to within five or six points.”

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