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'Jason will work hard, he'll be fine'JAMES McCARTHY believes his club and county colleague Jason Whelan can bounce back from this week's headline-grabbing suspension so long as he "puts the head down" over the next two months, writes Frank Roche.

The Dublin half-forward was hit with an eight-week suspension for "inflicting injury recklessly" during their recent O'Byrne Cup defeat to DCU.

"It's going to be a blow," the two-time All-Ireland winner said. "Jason would have had a good opportunity to play league games but, look, it's been dealt with now and there's nothing we can do about it now."

This will be the second consecutive spring where Whelan's opportunities to stake a Dublin claim have been compromised – he missed the majority of last year's NFL as Ballymun were caught up in their unsuccessful quest for club glory.

But McCarthy said: "I'm sure, if he just puts the head down and works hard, he'll be fine."