Saturday 16 December 2017

Another summer on sidelines for Davoren

Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

DUBLIN forward Mark Davoren has had his worst fears confirmed with the news that he faces another summer on the sidelines due to the knee injury he sustained during Kilmacud Crokes' challenge game against Meath last Sunday.

The full-forward suffered a recurrence of the injury he picked up against the Royals in last year's Leinster championship and, after this latest setback, faces another lengthy spell out of the game.

There was better news for Dublin football, however, with Niall Brogan and Cian Mullins likely to be available for Saturday evening's All-Ireland U-21 semi-final clash with Roscommon in Breffni Park. Both players missed the Leinster final win over Westmeath through injury, but could line out at wing back and midfield respectively.

The AFL, meanwhile, has confirmed that Mick Malthouse will remain as manager of the Australian international rules team that tours Ireland next October, despite being disciplined for a "highly offensive" exchange of words with an opposition player. The Collingwood coach's position had been questioned after he was was fined AUS$7,500 for calling St Kilda's Stephen Milne a "f**king rapist".

  • Tyrone defender Conor Gormley could miss next month's Ulster SFC clash with Antrim after sustaining a knee injury when in action for his club Carrickmore.

  • Aidan O'Mahony was part of the Kerry squad that trained last night, ending speculation that he has left the panel after failing to travel to a training camp in Portugal.

  • Wing-back Adrian Cullinane returns to the Galway hurling team on Sunday, having been out of action since suffering a cruciate knee injury in the championship win over Clare last summer. The Craughwell clubman comes into a completely different starting 15 from that which defeated Dublin as they take on Cork in a dress rehearsal for the league final.

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