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St Vincent's captain Ger Brennan (No 6). Picture: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE

St Vincent's captain Ger Brennan (No 6). Picture: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE

St Vincent's captain Ger Brennan (No 6). Picture: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE

ST VINCENT'S have declared a clean bill of health for their AIB All-Ireland club football final on St Patrick's Day, with Ger Brennan and Ruairi Trainor "raring to go" according to manager Tommy Conroy.

Club captain Brennan and roving attacker Trainor both sat out their semi-final victory over Ballinderry last month, with stomach muscle and ankle injuries respectively.

But, contrary to rumblings that Brennan could also be a doubt for the March 17 showdown with Castlebar Mitchels, Conroy last night confirmed: "He's fit and well – and he was fit the last day. I think everybody is available for selection, so we've a couple of tough decisions to make in the next week or two.

"But Ger has been fine. He could have played the last day, but we just probably felt he lacked a little bit of – what would you call it? – match play. But he was available for us. There are no issues with his fitness."

The Dublin centre-back underwent a "minor operation" following his club's Leinster final triumph against Portlaoise last December.

"I think it was what they call an abductor muscle. Again, I'm not great on medical terms – I just like to know the length of time," Conroy said.

"He was recovered after about three or four weeks, less maybe."

Speaking at St Vincent's All-Ireland press night, their manager also paid tribute to Trainor's powers of recovery after initial fears that the Dublin hurler's ankle injury would sideline him for the entire All-Ireland campaign.

"I think the initial prognosis was that it was going to take longer. But again, the work Ruairi himself put in... straight from day one where he was allowed do rehab, he's put in a huge amount of work with getting himself ready and getting himself right.

"You have some good healers and some guys that are naturally fit, and he's one of them. And again, he's raring to go as well," Conroy concluded.


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