Friday 23 February 2018

Macauley back in Dublin fold after breathing scare

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Dublin midfielder Michael Darragh Macauley had a minor procedure in hospital yesterday to alleviate a breathing problem that forced him out of Saturday night's victory over Cork under the lights of Croke Park.

A piece of chicken lodged in Macauley's throat in the hours before throw-in on Saturday night that left him sufficiently distressed to put him out of the game.

In his place Barry Cahill put in a highly energetic performance that was capped with the third goal.

Macauley is expected to resume training tonight, however, now that the problem has been resolved.

Dublin are buoyant after two successive league victories and they will have Ger Brennan available again after his recovery from an ankle ligament injury sustained against Meath in the O'Byrne Shield.

Kerry will welcome Tomas O Se back this weekend after his unavailability in Mayo but Declan O'Sullivan and Paul Galvin will not be returning for at least another month, according to Jack O'Connor.

O'Connor confirmed that O'Sullivan has returned from honeymoon and is due back training in the next couple of weeks.

But he acknowledged that it will be another four weeks before either O'Sullivan or Galvin would see competitive action again.

Irish Independent

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