Sunday 19 November 2017

Alan Brogan is not having any of Jim Gavin's James McCarthy talk

James McCarthy of Dublin in action against Cillian O'Sullivan of Meath
James McCarthy of Dublin in action against Cillian O'Sullivan of Meath

Harry Clarke

Alan Brogan has highlighted the Dublin defence as an area of concern for the defending All Ireland champions ahead of their quarter-final showdown against Donegal on Saturday.

Jim Gavin's men will seek revenge for their 2014 All Ireland semi-final defeat when the two giants of the GAA world clash in Croke Park.

And while Dubs boss Gavin insists James McCarthy is fit to start for the Boys in Blue, Brogan has his doubts.

"There is a couple of question marks over Dublin's full-back line at the moment," said Brogan, speaking on Independent.ie's The Throw-In podcast.

"James McCarthy, we are told he is fit. Knowing Jim's form I am not sure he will start him coming back from an injury like that.

"They are missing three All Stars in the back line and I really think Rory Gallagher has to play Michael Murphy in there if they want to win this match.

"Philly McMahon might be capable of doing a job on Paddy McBrearty if he is on form on Saturday evening so I think they are going to need something special from Michael Murphy to win the match and also from Ryan McHugh.

"I think he is in the top two or three players in the country at the moment. His ball carrying is unbelievable and he has the ability to hurt Dublin as well. "

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