Saturday 20 January 2018

Jack McCaffrey a doubt for League final against Kerry as injury problems mount for Dublin

Jack McCaffrey shoots past Monaghan's Ryan Wylie
Jack McCaffrey shoots past Monaghan's Ryan Wylie
Jack McCaffrey celebrates scoring Dublin's second goal. Photo: Ray McManus/Sportsfile
Frank Roche

Frank Roche

JIM GAVIN is facing several major selection calls for Dublin’s Allianz Football League final showdown with Kerry after his bench bailed him out last weekend.

But a question mark is hovering over one of his super-subs in Monaghan, Jack McCaffrey.

The 2015 Footballer of the Year fired home the injury-time goal that clinched a pulsating comeback victory and, with that, a place in Sunday’s Division 1 decider at Croke Park (4.0).

But he pulled up with a suspected hamstring injury after scoring and was forced off soon afterwards.

McCaffrey, who missed last summer’s All-Ireland campaign after he went travelling in Africa, has endured a stop-start comeback because of injury.

After his Clones cameo, Gavin explained: “He just felt a bit of tightness in the leg. We’ll assess it.”

No subsequent word has emerged from the Dublin camp, who will train tonight. 

Bernard Brogan will be pushing for another recall after shooting 1-1 off the bench, while the All Star trio of Diarmuid Connolly, Cian O’Sullivan and Michael Darragh Macauley all featured as subs last Sunday.

Kerry have several regulars in casualty, with James O’Donoghue viewed as the most likely to recover ahead of tonight’s team announcement.

There have been rumours of a weekend return for Kieran Donaghy – even in a non-playing capacity – after his silverware-winning heroics for the Tralee Warriors basketball team last weekend. 

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