Sunday 21 January 2018

Dublin wait on Davoren

pat gilroy's Dublin are hoping that Mark Davoren has not suffered a recurrence of the cruciate knee ligament tear which ruled him out of the majority of last season, WRITES COLM KEYS.

Davoren turned awkwardly on the same knee just minutes into his comeback match, a challenge for Kilmacud Crokes against Meath side Trim, on Sunday morning.

Dublin and Kilmacud are awaiting a fresh medical prognosis before it is established if the cruciate is damaged again.

Davoren had been cleared to play by the Dublin medical team in recent weeks and was only a substitute for Crokes in the challenge.

He initially did the damage against Meath in the opening Leinster championship match last June having made a significant impact in the latter stages of the league at full-forward.

Meanwhile, Meath are resigned to being without David Bray for the rest of the season after he too damaged his cruciate ligament.

Bray made an impact in last year's championship as a corner forward, particularly in the All-Ireland quarter final against Mayo when he scored the all-important goal.

But he limped out of the team's warm weather training camp in Portugal last week and has since been diagnosed with cruciate damage.

His Navan O'Mahony's team-mate Niall McKeigue has also been effectively ruled out of the remainder of the season because of the severity of a hamstring tear he sustained in recent weeks.

McKeigue's tear was one of the worst sports injuries the specialist had seen and he is expected to be out for up to four months.

Down's preparations for next week's league final have been boosted by Dan Gordon's return to the squad.

The towering midfielder withdrew from the squad earlier in the year for personal reasons but Down pressed on and enjoyed a profitable campaign, qualifying for the upcoming Division 2 final against Armagh with some ease.

Irish Independent

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