Wednesday 21 February 2018

"A regrettable incident took place" - Jim Gavin on clash that left Davey Byrne with broken nose

Davey Byrne (right) in action for Dublin
Davey Byrne (right) in action for Dublin

Dublin manager Jim Gavin is keen to move on from a "regrettable incident" that took place before a recent challenge match between Dublin and Armagh that left Blues' Davey Byrne with a broken nose.

Byrne was brought to hospital after sustaining the injury before the match and Gavin has tonight spoken about it for the first time.

"Regrettably, an incident took place before a recent challenge game against Armagh," said Gavin ahead of Dublin's Leinster Senior Football final against Westmeath on Sunday.

"Disappointing because I think discipline would be a core philosophy of both management teams involved. Subsequent to that both players have spoken and they regret what happened and both players are now concentrating on their inter-county careers."

The incident occurred prior to throw-in at a behind-closed-doors match between Dublin and Kieran McGeeney's Orchard County side last Thursday.

Along with Byrne, Nicky Devereux will also miss Sunday's Leinster final but otherwise they reported a clean bill of health.

Bernard Brogan will continue to manage his finger injury while Kevin O'Brien is also back with the squad. Ger Brennan remains out but the Dublin manager "expects" him to play before the year is out.

"Physically, he's in great condition and mentally he is very strong, as Ger always is."

And despite the bookmakers' odds, Gavin is expecting a big test from Westmeath.

"I thought they were quite accomplished in defence when they reorganised themselves at half-time (in the Meath game).

"They counter-attacked very potently with Kieran Martin pushing up with (John) Heslin and Denis Glennon coming on," Gavin added. "They are three very experienced and good players. No matter what way they set up we understand we have a big challenge."

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