BERNARD BROGAN has yet to return to full training from the knee operation which forced him to miss the entirety of this year’s Allianz League.
The 2010 Footballer of the Year underwent what was described by manager Pat Gilroy at the time as “very minor” surgery back on March 16 to remove bone fragment from the affected knee, and thus missed Dublin’s remaining Division 1 matches.
Both Gilroy and Brogan himself predicted that the injury would have a maximum recovery time of two weeks and that he would almost certainly feature if Dublin made the semi finals of the Allianz League.
However, almost six weeks later, Brogan has still to take a full part in training and played no part for his club St Oliver Plunkett’s/ER in their AFL Division 1 match Templeogue/SS last Sunday morning.
Furthermore, he is not expected to play in next Wednesday Dublin AFL Division 1 club tie against St Maur’s in Rush.
On a positive note for both Dublin and Plunkett’s, 2011 Footballer of the Year and eldest Brogan, Alan played a full 60 minutes against Templeogue/SS and is expected to do so next week after missing both the Mayo and Cork matches in the league due to a calf injury sustained in the Croke Park victory over Donegal.
NICKY JOYCE has been excluded from Galway's 31-man championship squad. The Killererain man played for the Tribesmen during the league but has been cut adrift by manager, Alan Mulholland after he put the final shape on his summer panel.
Michael Meehan has, however, been included as he battles against potentially career-ending injuries, as is Seán Armstrong, who has missed all of this season with chronic hamstring problems.
JIM BERRY is the most established name to be left out of the Wexford hurler's championship panel after manager Liam Dunne culled five players in total.
Niall Breen, Jonathan Fogarty, Tomás O'Leary and Brendan Travers are the other names not to make the cut.