Sunday 20 October 2019

Jim Gavin handed triple injury boost ahead of Dublin's tilt at a fourth All-Ireland title on the bounce

Dublin senior footballer Jack McCaffrey. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Dublin senior footballer Jack McCaffrey. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Conor McKeon

Jack McCaffrey has made a timely return to action from the cruciate ligament injury he suffered in last year's All-Ireland final.

On Saturday evening, the 2015 Footballer of the Year came on for Clontarf in theie Dublin AFL Division 2 defeat to Fingallians in Lawless Park, McCaffrey's first competitive appearance in eight months after he ruptured his ACL in Croke Park.

McCaffrey actually performed the role of umpire in the first half of Saturday's game before coming on at half time and completing a full half hour.

Dublin team mate Paul Flynn also played in the match, his second full competitive club game since he underwent an operation on his back in February, a procedure that caused Flynn to miss the entirety of Dublin's league campaign.

More good news for Jim Gavin ahead of Dublin's summer opener against Wicklow in Portlaoise on Sunday came in the form of a return to action for Cormac Costello. The 2016 All-Ireland final hero scored five points for Whitehall Colmcille as they were beaten by Skerries Harps on Saturday, having recently suffered a hamstring injury.

It remains to be seen which, if any, of the trio are involved next Sunday as Dublin begin the defence of their Leinster crown.

Cian O'Sullivan (shoulder) and Bernard Brogan (knee) are definitely out with long term injuries while Eoin Murchan (hamstring) is also a doubt.

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