Saturday 20 January 2018

Michael Darragh Macauley set to return for Dublin as Jim Gavin offers unexpected fitness update

Michael Darragh Macauley
Michael Darragh Macauley
Conor McKeon

Conor McKeon

DUBLIN senior football management face an anxious wait to see if Diarmuid Connolly will face disciplinary action over his altercation with a linesman during Saturday’s Championship victory in Portlaoise.

Connolly placed his hand on Ciarán Branagan during Dublin’s 12-point victory over Carlow, though referee Seán Hurson took no action.

The CCCC will meet tomorrow and unless Hurson makes specific mention of the interaction in his report, it is unlikely they will seek clarification from the Tyrone official.

Speaking after the match, Gavin insisted he had not seen the incident.

The Dublin manager also denied that Michael Darragh Macauley had suffered a torn cruciate ligament injury, insisting the 2013 Footballer of the Year was “back on the pitch now.”

“Himself and a good few other players are back on that path to return to play,” Gavin added.

“Hopefully we’ll see them back shortly.”

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