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Saturday 10 December 2016

Dubs face anxious wait over injuries and suspension for Mayo replay

Both Dublin and Mayo face anxious waits over injuries and suspensions

30 August 2015; Dublin's Diarmuid Connolly shakes hands with manager Jim Gavin after being shown a red card. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Dublin v Mayo, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
30 August 2015; Dublin's Diarmuid Connolly shakes hands with manager Jim Gavin after being shown a red card. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Dublin v Mayo, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

BOTH Dublin and Mayo face an anxious wait over the availability of key players for next weekend's All-Ireland SFC semi-final replay.

Having been seven points clear with just eight minutes of normal time to play, Dublin contrived to squander their lead and the sides will meet again on Saturday at 5pm.

However, much of the post-match talk surrounded the many flash points in a hugely physical encounter.

As it stands, Diarmuid Connolly will miss out after being sent off on a straight red card, though Dublin could yet appeal after footage revealed the St Vincent's man being dragged to the ground off the ball by Lee Keegan.

Philly McMahon may also be in trouble after he was captured on camera clashing with Aidan O'Shea.

Afterwards, O'Shea claimed: "Yeah, I was head-butted alright," adding: "there was plenty of more things out there that the referee missed too."

There are also doubts over the availability of Rory O'Carroll.

The Dublin full-back required stitches after an early clash with Cillian O'Connor that was captured on camera and may yet land the Mayo forward in disciplinary trouble.

Having been replaced after four minutes, O'Carroll never reappeared, although Gavin stated afterwards that he hadn't suffered concussion.

Donal Vaughan, meanwhile, is highly unlikely to be fit after injuring his shoulder.

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