Tuesday 19 November 2019

Returning Brogan back in frame for Leinster final

Alan Brogan. Photo: Sportsfile
Alan Brogan. Photo: Sportsfile
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

ALAN BROGAN could be in line for a return to action for Dublin in Sunday week's Leinster SFC final clash with Meath.

The 2011 Footballer of the Year hasn't played since figuring briefly as a substitute in last year's All-Ireland semi-final defeat to Mayo.

The Oliver Plunkett's clubman underwent surgery to fix a troublesome groin injury, and management had targeted early July as a return date.

And it seems the former Dublin captain is edging closer to a place in the match-day squad.

"Alan is training away," said manager Jim Gavin, who, apart from Tomas Brady, has a fully fit squad to pick from.

"He's doing quite well. It's probably a bit too early to say whether he can feature in the Leinster final. We'll see how he progresses over the next week or so."

And Gavin reiterated that his team for the clash with Meath will be picked on the basis of form in training.

"All players are in contention, none more so than Eoghan O'Gara, who pushed hard in the two weeks before the game. He's in that same bracket. We'll see how he progresses over the next week or so.

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"No more so than any other players, (Alan) needs to perform on the training pitch and if that happens, he comes into contention.

"There is a lot of competition for places in the side at the moment, so there is no exception for any player. They need to perform to get the slots."

Dublin looked imperious in their dismissal of Kildare and are priced at 1/12 to march past the Royals, though Gavin was quick to play up the credentials of Mick O'Dowd's side.

"Since March, they have only lost one competitive game. They have looked strong and composed. They got some big, big scores in the latter stages of the National League," he said.

"They put up big scores in their two championship games, which is a fair achievement. For any team to go to Aughrim and get a result is a fair achievement. They won that game quite comfortably as well.

"So they're strong. They're very mobile. They have a great blend of youth and experience in the side, from Paddy O'Rourke in goal.

"Kevin Reilly at full-back, the captain, has been solid. (Caoimhin) King at centre-half back... Seamus Kenny is back as well. Donal Keogan too. So that's an experienced backline.

"When you add in the likes of (Bryan) Menton, that we would have come across at U-21 level, and Padraic Harnan, there is a good blend of experience and youth in that back division," Gavin added.

"They're all big men. They're all strong and mobile."

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