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Saturday 3 December 2016

Bastick a doubt for Gavin

Midfielder remains the only concern as Dubs prepare for Lily test

31 August 2014; A dejected Denis Bastick, Dublin, following his side's defeat. GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Dublin v Donegal, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
31 August 2014; A dejected Denis Bastick, Dublin, following his side's defeat. GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Dublin v Donegal, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
Denis Bastick, Dublin. Photo: Paul Mohan / Sportsfile

DENIS Bastick remains a concern for Jim Gavin ahead of his team announcement for Sunday's Leinster SFC with Kildare.

The veteran midfielder injured his ankle in a club match just a week after starting in Dublin's big win over Longford and may now miss out against the Lilywhites.

Michael Darragh Macauley - who came on as a second-half substitute against Longford - would be an obvious and ready-made replacement if Bastick is ruled out, although Gavin has other options.

Cian O'Sullivan is fit again and the Dublin boss must now decide whether to use the versatile Kilmacud Crokes man in defence or midfield.

Both James McCarthy and Rory O'Carroll are also back in the mix after sitting out the Longford match.

Kildare, meanwhile, have doubts after regular centre-back Fergal Conway, who suffered a blow to the head in their big win over Laois.

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