DUBLIN manager Jim Gavin has expressed his sympathy with cruciate victim Tomás Brady (below) after the Na Fianna man was ruled out for the remainder of the season.
"On a personal level this is very frustrating for Tómas who played a key role during the National Football League campaign and, having returned from a recent knock, was back again competing to a very high standard," read a statement released by the manager, confirming that the injury sustained in training this week was a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament.
"Protocols have been activated to ensure that he will receive the best of medical care and the Dublin football coaching staff will actively assist Tómas in his recovery over the weeks ahead.
"We wish Tómas a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing him back to full health in the near future."
3THE Leinster SFC match between Louth and Wexford on Sunday in Drogheda has been sold out. Absolutely no tickets will be available on the day. All patrons, including children, must have a ticket for entry to the game.
CLEARY DEBUT FOR FAITHFUL
SHINRONE attacker Sean Cleary (21) will make his senior championship debut for Offaly at home to All-Ireland kingpins Kilkenny on Sunday, writes Frank Roche.
Dermot Mooney and Ciaran Slevin will both be making their first summer starts after previous substitute cameos.
Tipperary have named two SHC debutants for Sunday's visit to Limerick - wing-back Kieran Bergin (27), who made his senior baptism in the recent league final defeat to Kilkenny, and rising forward star Jason Forde (19).
But there's no place in attack for their 2011 All-Ireland winning skipper Eoin Kelly.
OFFALY (SH v Kilkenny): J Dempsey; C McDonald, D Kenny, K Brady; R Hanniffy, G Healion, C Parlon; C Mahon, D Mooney; C Egan, B Carroll, C Slevin; S Dooley, J Bergin, S Cleary.
TIPPERARY (SH v Limerick): B Cummins; P Stapleton, P Curran, M Cahill; K Bergin, C O'Mahony, Padraic Maher; B Maher, S McGrath; J Forde, Patrick Maher, J O'Brien; S Bourke, S Callanan, N McGrath.
MONAGHAN (SF v Antrim): R Beggan; K Duffy, F Kelly, C Walshe; D Mone, N McAdam, D Hughes; O Lennon, D Clerkin; P Finlay, D Malone, O Duffy; C McGuinness, K Hughes, C McManus.
ANTRIM (SF): C Kerr; K O'Boyle, R Johnston, A McClean; S Kelly, J Crozier, P McBride; S McVeigh, M Johnston; A Healy, P Cunningham, M Sweeney; M Pollock, K Niblock, B Herron.