Sunday 25 August 2019

Relief for Dublin as scan reveals no long-term damage to James McCarthy after knee injury

Dublin's James McCarthy of Dublin leaves the pitch with an injury during the first half of the Leinster SFC final win over Meath. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Dublin's James McCarthy of Dublin leaves the pitch with an injury during the first half of the Leinster SFC final win over Meath. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Conor McKeon

Dublin's worst injury fears over James McCarthy have been allayed after a scan revealed he has not suffered long-term damage to his knee.

The three-time All Star is now expected to be back to play a part in Dublin’s forthcoming All-Ireland SFC campaign.

McCarthy limped out of Sunday's 16-point Leinster final defeat of Meath in Croke Park with a knee injury, prompting initial speculation of a possible cruciate or medial ligament problem.

The Ballymun Kickhams player left the ground on crutches.

McCarthy underwent a scan yesterday and while there has been no indication from the Dublin camp as to the extent of the injury, it is understood that the player suffered no serious ligament damage and will be back to feature in their bid to win a fifth All-Ireland SFC title in a row.

Dublin begin their 'Super 8' group campaign against Cork or a round 4 qualifier winner in Croke Park on the weekend of July 13th/14th although McCarthy is unlikely to feature in that match.

They then have just a week before playing Connacht champions Roscommon at GAA headquarters.

Gavin's other major injury concern is over Jonny Cooper, who has yet to feature in this year's Championship.

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The Na Fianna defender is understood to be suffering from a foot injury.

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