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Connolly injury scare

PAT Gilroy was hit with a major injury scare over the weekend after Diarmuid Connolly limped out of training on Saturday evening.

The St Vincent's forward suffered a blow to his hip and was unable to complete the A versus B match, fuelling fears he had incurred significant injury.

However, Connolly is now expected to make next Saturday's All-Ireland SFC quarter-final clash with Tyrone after the knock cleared up.

Connolly has started all of Dublin's League and championship matches this season and though he was substituted early in the Leinster final victory over Wexford, he is again expected to be named in Gilroy's XV to face Tyrone when the team is announced midweek.

Eoghan O'Gara's absence through the broken wrist he suffered against Wexford could also see Connolly play a more advanced role on Saturday evening, although Kevin McManamon is pushing hard to replace the Templeogue/Synge Street target man.

There is also some hope that Cian O'Sullivan may play a part despite being ruled out last week. O'Sullivan - an ever-present at centre-back during last year's league - completed the internal challenge match on Saturday after a lengthy recovery period from a hamstring injury.

Philly McMahon's return from a medial knee ligament injury means he will vie with Mick Fitzsimons and Paul Conlon to win back his corner-back slot, while the return to full fitness of Michael Darragh Macauley hands Gilroy a major decision over the makeup of his midfield.