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Sweeney takes first steps on long road to recovery

TWO-time All-Ireland U21 football championship- winning hero, Dublin's Gary Sweeney, has returned to some light jogging after a long injury-enforced lay-off.

The talented St Sylvester's man, who played pivotal roles in Dublin's U21 All-Ireland glories of 2010 and again this year, suffered a broken leg in club action late last June against St Maur's and has been sidelined since.

To add to his woes, Sweeney had just been invited into the Dublin senior panel as was due to commence training with Pat Gilroy's side the following night after the injury.

However, those plans were left in ruin after suffering the broken leg in the second half of the Dublin AFL Division 1 clash which St Sylvester's won with Sweeney scoring one of their two goals.

The Sylvester's speedster is one of the most exciting forward talents to emerge from the capital in recent years and as well as having won two Leinster and All-Ireland titles he was also centre-forward on the Dublin minor side of 2009 that triumphed in Leinster before losing an All-Ireland MFC semi-final to Down.

It is expected that Sweeney will not return to full action until March and all going well is likely to be included in new manager Jim Gavin's plans before the conclusion of next year's Allianz NFL Division 1 campaign.

Meanwhile, Conor Mortimor's days in a Mayo jersey may not be over yet.

The Parnell's man, who is also Mayo's top-scorer of all time, sensationally quit James Horan's squad last summer.

"At the moment, I'm training and playing soccer practice games with Parnell's twice-a-week and keeping a level of fitness up," said Mortimer.

"But playing with your county is always something you'd like to do and I'd never rule out playing with Mayo again.

"However, that's entirely a matter for the team management."