Sunday 22 April 2018

Cruciate injury rules Dublin's Griffin out for season

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Dublin football captain Paul Griffin has been ruled out of action for the rest of the season with a cruciate ligament tear.

Griffin will have an operation on Tuesday next to repair the damage and will be at least eight months in recovery, sidelining him from county activity and club duty with Kilmacud Crokes.

The 28-year-old came off the bench as a substitute against Monaghan last weekend and was only a short time on the field when he collided awkwardly with Paul Finlay while taking a mark and jarred the knee.

A physiotherapist himself by profession, Griffin was originally hopeful that it may have been less significant ligament damage which might have given him a chance to make the championship.

However, the results of a scan have determined that Griffin will play no further part in the Dubs' season.

Griffin captained Dublin to their last Leinster title and is a polished performer who has been operating as a half-back since Pat Gilroy came on board as manager.

impact

Dublin have been introducing plenty of new faces to defence with Philip McMahon, Cian O'Sullivan and Rory O'Carroll all making an impact in league matches to date.

With Barry Cahill, Bryan Cullen and Ger Brennan in the frame, replacing Griffin will not test the resources, but his experience and calm presence will be undoubtedly be missed.

Dublin are due to name their team this morning for the visit to Cork, a place where they have had little joy over the last 30 years.

Their last victory on Leeside in a league match was in 1981, though they did win an All-Ireland semi-final replay there two years later.

It's been a tale of woe since then, however, with 10 defeats and one draw to show for journeys to the southern city.

Irish Independent

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