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Meath sweating on key trio

A trio of key Meath players are facing a race against time to be fit for the Leinster SFC on Sunday week, although Royal boss Mick O'Dowd is "hopeful" that all three will prove their availability this weekend.

Captain Kevin Reilly suffered an impact injury to his knee against Kildare.

O'Dowd explained: "We'll monitor it and make a decision based on what we're seeing this weekend and next week."

Mickey Newman has yet to train fully since the win over Carlow five weeks ago, as a result of a hamstring injury, while Bryan McMahon was concussed in the early stages of Meath's Leintser semi-final win over Kildare in Croke Park.

"I would hope by this weekend he'll be able to train," O'Dowd explained of last year's top scorer Newman at last night's pre-Leinster final press conference.

"He's obviously been training but not training with everyone. Fingers crossed, he'll be able to train this weekend and come through okay."

A member of this year's Meath Under 21 team, McMahon is currently following return-to-play protocols but like Newman, has yet to partake in full contact training.

O'Dowd also responded to Kildare boss Jason Ryan's claims that Reilly had set out to "make an impact" with the tackle which forced Paddy Brophy out of the Leinster semi-final.

"Ah, we don't really pay much heed to it, to be honest with you," O'Dowd insisted. "We lost a fella (McMahon) ourselves after three minutes with concussion.

"We're all just focused on Dublin now and the great thing about the Meath-Dublin games anyway is you just get on with it and there's no whinging afterwards one way or another."