Sunday 25 February 2018

Dubs expect swift Connolly return after ankle scare

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Diarmuid Connolly looks set for a swifter return to action than originally anticipated when he appeared to sustain serious ankle damage in Dublin's league win over Kerry on Sunday.

Connolly (below) was stretchered off in obvious pain midway through the first half in Killarney, and the initial suggestion was that he had suffered ligament damage.

But Dublin team doctor David Hickey eased fears over the extent of the injury. Connolly is understood to have lost feeling in the ankle after the impact but regained it after treatment.

A Dublin management spokesman said yesterday that a scan today would determine the extent of Connolly's problems, but they were hopeful he won't be laid up for long.

Dublin will welcome back Denis Bastick for their next league match against Mayo but will be without Michael Darragh Macauley, who is likely to be banned for one match after being sent off against the Kingdom.

Manager Jim Gavin has made his feelings known about the need for team discipline, and apart from questioning the "consistency" that saw only Macauley dismissed after the altercation with Kieran Donaghy, he did not seek to defend his player.

Gavin's approach to the matter has won praise from GAA president Liam O'Neill.

"We've had a couple of managers holding up their hands and saying, 'yes we deserved that'. Jim Gavin has done that," said O'Neill. "That was laudable because that was a manager taking responsibility for his own player's behaviour.

"I think if we had more people who had that attitude (it would be better) because the standard answer from a manager when it is a serious offence is, 'I didn't see it'."

Irish Independent

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