Dublin star Bernard Brogan completed his return from a cruciate knee ligament injury when he appeared as a temporary blood sub for Jim Gavin's side in their routine win over Roscommon, writes Donnchadh Boyle.
Brogan featured briefly in Croke Park but at one stage it looked the like the former Footballer of the Year wouldn't make his return to action as Dublin used their sixth sub with the introduction of Andrew McGowan for Darren Daly on the hour mark.
However, an injury to Mark Schutte on 61 minutes saw the Cuala man withdrawn and Brogan introduced as a temporary replacement until the 67th minute.
And manager Gavin said he wasn't surprised at the pace of his recovery.
"If you were talking to him over the last five months it hasn't been a surprise at all," Gavin said. "He's been very focused on what he wants to get from himself and a great medical support team in Dublin have given him great support over the last couple of months. So no, I haven't been surprised."
Brogan's hadn't appeared for the Dubs since they faced Kildare in the first round of the league.