Friday 19 January 2018

Bernard Brogan an injury doubt for Dublin ahead of Leinster final

Dublin's Bernard Brogan
Dublin's Bernard Brogan
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Dublin are sweating on the fitness of star forward Bernard Brogan ahead of Sunday's Leinster SFC final clash with Westmeath.

It's understood the Oliver Plunketts man has picked up a hand injury and has a finger in a splint this week as the Dubs ramp up preparations for the defence of their Leinster title.

Jim Gavin's side are as short as 1/250 to beat Westmeath and secure a tenth provincial crown in 11 years and even if Brogan does miss out, they'll be expected to progress to the last eight in the race for Sam Maguire.

Former Footballer of the Year Brogan has been in fine form so far this campaign, helping himself to a total of 3-9 in the Dubs' facile championship wins over Longford and Kildare.

It was also confirmed this week that panellist Davy Byrne is out of contention for the foreseeable future after suffering facial injuries in a challenge game against Armagh.

Another forward, Eoghan O'Gara, is recovering from a cruciate ligament injury picked up while on club duty.

Ironically, should Brogan miss the game, that could open the door for his older brother Alan who showed he was in fine form when sprung from the bench to land three points against the Lilies.

A spokesperson for the Dublin management team could not be reached for comment last night.

Irish Independent

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