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"He should be back soon, very soon. I would be hesitant to put an exact date on the calendar, but he's been working with the medical team and now he's over with the athletics team so he's very close now," the Dubs boss outlined today.
"He would have played Vincent's last game back in February (against Corofin) so that was his last time on the park. He's kept himself in good physical condition, done a lot of work in the gym, and his body composition is excellent.
"He's a very experienced player who brings a lot to the team and his influence off it has been outstanding as well. We'd like to see him back on the park.
"Obviously, as a manager, you want your best players on the park and on a personal level it's been a long road for Ger. But he's a very determined man and he wants to get back in the blue jersey and is putting in a big fight for it. We'll support him as best we can."
Gavin (pictured) accepted there are no guarantees with injuries of this nature but added: "We've had a conservative approach to give him the best chance, so it's solid and won't break down for him."
1MONAGHAN'S Ulster SFC prospects have suffered a major setback following confirmation of a season-ending cruciate ligament injury to Drew Wylie.
The tenacious full-back, an All Star nominee last year, damaged his knee while playing for Ballybay in the aftermath of Monaghan's opening championship victory over Cavan.
His defensive berth for Sunday's Ulster semi-final against Fermanagh could well go to Colin Walshe, who himself has just recovered from an ACL tear suffered against Dublin last August.
1RICHIE POWER looks set to miss Kilkenny's opening defence of their Leinster SHC crown, this Sunday's semi-final against Wexford, as he struggles to overcome a knee complaint.