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Injury blow for O'Gara

Dublin's bustling full-forward Eoghan O'Gara will miss their All-Ireland quarter-final with a fractured wrist, WRITES COLM KEYS.

O'Gara was replaced at half-time by Kevin McManamon with speculation that it had simply been a tactical substitution.

But Pat Gilroy confirmed that he had damaged his wrist and would undergo tests the following day to determine the extent of that damage.

It has now been confirmed that O'Gara fractured a wrist, an injury that will take up to six weeks to heal.

With Dublin's All-Ireland quarter-final at least three, possibly four weeks away, O'Gara has no chance of making the game with the nature of the injury.

He could, however, return for an All-Ireland semi-final at the end of August, if Dublin progress that far.

Dublin have been unfortunate with injuries so far in this championship and have lost a player in each of their three games.

Philly McMahon sustained medial ligament damage against Laois that has ruled him out of both games that followed, Michael Darragh Macauley broke a finger against Kildare and may also miss an All-Ireland quarter-final, with O'Gara the latest victim.

O'Gara has already missed two months through suspension and this latest setback will rob him of more competitive game time.

The Dublin management have been taken with the physicality he has brought to Dublin's forward play, but after being sent off for a second yellow card against Kildare, there were calls for a rethink on his use as a front-line player.

Irish Independent