Friday 13 December 2019

Newman in line for Meath return against Dubs

26 January 2014; Mickey Newman, Meath, in action against Mick O'Grady, Kildare. Bord na Mona O'Byrne Cup, Final, Kildare v Meath. St Conleth's Park, Newbridge, Co. Kildare. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
26 January 2014; Mickey Newman, Meath, in action against Mick O'Grady, Kildare. Bord na Mona O'Byrne Cup, Final, Kildare v Meath. St Conleth's Park, Newbridge, Co. Kildare. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
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Meath are aiming to have a trio of players back in full training by this weekend ahead of their Leinster final date with Dublin on Sunday week.

Manager Mick O'Dowd confirmed Mickey Newman, who missed the semi-final win over Kildare because of a hamstring injury, is in line to face Dublin.

Bryan McMahon, who sustained concussion in the early minutes against Kildare, and Kevin Reilly, who picked up a knee injury in the game, will also return.

"He's obviously been training but not training with everyone. Fingers crossed, he'll be able to train this weekend and come through okay," said O'Dowd of Newman.

"I would say his progress has been faster because it happened three weeks ago. He's made a good recovery to this point anyway.

"I suppose you know when you see how he's moving how big a risk it is, but he's done a lot of work throughout the year and a lot of work done over the last three weeks, even when he was injured."

O'Dowd explained McMahon was going through post-concussion protocol and expected him to be back by the weekend.

"By this weekend he should be ready to resume full contact training. Our physio was on immediately and just let us know that he had to get off."

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Team captain Reilly suffered bruising to the knee and was also involved in a collision with Paddy Brophy which rival manager Jason Ryan has drawn attention to on two occasions since.

Ryan said Kildare were "shocked"by the physical nature of Meath's tackling and suggested Reilly "came through the back of him (Paddy Brophy) with his knees."

However, O'Dowd stated Meath haven't paid "much heed" to the incident.

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