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Flynn plans for league comeback

PAUL FLYNN will be a frustrated spectator when new Dublin football boss Jim Gavin convenes senior county training next month.

The two-time All Star has been stricken by a painful abdominal injury that is set to keep him sidelined until the New Year.

"It's called a rectus abdominis - it's the lower ab attachment to the pelvic bone and the groin. I got a scan last week and I got an injection," Flynn told the Evening Herald while touring with the GAA/GPA All Stars in New York.

"I'm on a four-week rehab programme, which is mostly around core work to build it up.

"It happened when we went to Dingle before the Mayo game. I was out for two weeks then and I cleared it up, and when I went back for the club it came back," the Fingallians man added.

"I struggled through all the championship games for the club, and then I had to get it seen to."

Flynn was forced to sit out last weekend's Dublin AFL2 relegation play-off against St Mark's, which Fingallians won by a solitary point.

"I really wanted to play, but it's so sore," he outlined.

"It has started feeling a little bit better now after getting the injection. I haven't been able to do weights or anything like that, because everything stems from that area. It's important to clear it up."

More positively, both his specialist and Dublin physio James Allen are confident that surgery won't be required.

"I was hoping (to be back in) December but, by the looks of things, it's not going to be until January," Flynn revealed.

ARMAGH most likely will have to plan for o2013 with the talents of Jamie Clarke as the quicksilver corner-forward intends to go travelling next year.

The Crossmaglen Rangers star has indicated that he will not comment on the issue publicly until his club's interest in the Ulster and All-Ireland series ends (they face Tyrone's Errigal Ciarán this Sunday in an Ulster Club SFC semi-final).

Orchard County manager, Paul Grimley, has taken the axe to his squad by dropping 14 players in a clear-out of the 2012 championship panel.

The players to make way include 2003 All-Ireland finalist Andy Mallon, Malachy Mackin, Micheal O'Rourke, Billy Joe Padden and Anto Duffy.

Grimley has brought in 12 new players, including Crossmaglen Rangers pair Paul McKeown and Stephen Finnegan.