Monday 19 March 2018

Good news for Dublin as Eoghan O'Gara makes long-awaited return

Eoghan O'Gara
Eoghan O'Gara
Frank Roche

Frank Roche

EOGHAN O'GARA has made his Dublin comeback - in a challenge match against All-Ireland club finalists Ballyboden St Enda's.

The barnstorming forward (pictured), whose career has been put on hold by a cruciate ligament injury for the past year, played the full second half of the Monday night challenge and appears to have come through unscathed.

This constitutes another positive step on the comeback trail for a player who was forced to look on as Dublin reclaimed Sam Maguire last September.

Dublin wrap up their currently high-flying NFL Division 1 campaign away to Down on Saturday, at home to Donegal on March 26 and away to Roscommon on April 3.

Jim Gavin made it clear, after Saturday's dramatic comeback against Cork, that the 30-year-old is edging ever closer.

"Eoghan is back playing internal games," Gavin revealed. "Whether he has got the game time and match fitness before the National League closes out remains to be seen, but he is making very good progress."

O'Gara ruptured the ACL in his knee while on club duty Templeogue/Synge St last March.

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