Tuesday 21 November 2017

Dublin might have to plan without former Player of the Year Michael Darragh Macauley this summer

Michael Darragh Macauley
Michael Darragh Macauley
Conor McKeon

Conor McKeon

MICHAEL Darragh Macauley’s summer is in real jeopardy.

The 2013 Footballer of the Year has a knee injury that may yet rule him out of Dublin’s three-in-a-row bid.

Macauley has been nursing a foot problem since the conclusion of Dublin’s League campaign.

He played for Ballyboden St. Enda’s in their Dublin SFC first round clash with St Oliver Plunkett’s/ER but was substituted before the end of their second straight first round exit since winning the 2015 club All-Ireland.

Despite wearing a protective boot, Macauley’s injury displayed no signs of healing and has since undergone a fresh scan to further examine the damage.

Subsequently, a more serious problem was detected and Macauley and Dublin management are now considering how best to proceed.

Surgery, if required further down the road, would rule Macauley out for the rest of Dublin’s season.

The option of rehabbing the injury is one both parties are currently exploring but any dilution of Macauley’s influence would severely lessen Dublin’s potency in midfield.

Macauley came off the bench in the League final but was working towards a spot alongside Brian Fenton in Jim Gavin’s starting Championship midfield pairing.

Dublin started their Leinster SFC preparations last night after a five-week break since the League decider.

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