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Dubs trio to return for Mayo

BERNARD Brogan, Paul Flynn and Rory O'Carroll could all play some part for Dublin on Saturday night in the All-Ireland champion's Allianz League Division 1 fixture with Mayo in Croke Park.

Dublin's St Vincent's contingent, swelled by the addition of Michael Concarr, might also play after resuming county activities this week, while Jim Gavin suggested that he may use some of his Under 21 players, despite their looming Leinster final with Meath next Wednesday.

Of the aforementioned trio, only Flynn has played in this year's League. But after he and O'Carroll lined out for their respective clubs last weekend – and Brogan returned to full training – Jim Gavin has suggested all have a chance of making an appearance on Saturday night.

"He trained during the week," Gavin explained of Brogan, who this week, kicked a football for the first time since last September's All-Ireland final against Saturday's opponents.

"We'll see how he is tomorrow with the medical team and we'll make that call. But we hope to have him playing this weekend."

Initially, Brogan had hoped to make the start of the League, a return date subsequently pushed back by the player himself until Dublin's clash with Cork in Croke Park on March 1.


However, Gavin rejected the suggestion that Brogan had suffered any relapse or setback.

"That's part of his return-to-play programme," he insisted. "He has had milestones that he had to meet and he has met them along the way.

"For a player of his technical skills, it won't take him long to get back into the groove. More important is getting his match fitness back and that will only come from games."

On O'Carroll and Flynn, Gavin merely confirmed "they're available for selection". Denis Bastick is "another three weeks" away from full fitness, while Dean Rock is "another six, maybe four weeks" from playing.

Gavin also revealed that Concarr, a goalscorer for St Vincent's in their St Patrick's Day All-Ireland club final triumph, will join Diarmuid Connolly and Ger Brennan on the Dublin panel.

"Michael had a very good campaign," he explained. "So we'll give him a chance."

Gavin didn't rule out the possibility of fielding some of his Under 21 contingent, despite their looming Leinster final. "The game is on Wednesday. We're on Saturday. So there is probably plenty of time for recovery," he stated.

Meanwhile, James Horan has made two changes to the team that beat Cork a fortnight ago for Saturday night.

Tom Cunniffe starts in place of Shane McHale and Andy Moran replaces Mikey Sweeney. In total, the side features 12 players who started last September's All-Ireland final.

MAYO (SF v Dublin): R Hennelly; T Cunniffe, G Cafferkey, B Harrison; L Keegan, D Vaughan, C Boyle; A O'Shea, J Gibbons; K McLoughlin, K Higgins, J Doherty; A Moran, A Freeman, C O'Connor.