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Monday 5 December 2016

Dubs star Cian O'Sullivan in race to make All Ireland final

Centre-back a major worry for Dublin after being carried off with a possible hamstring tear

Andy Moran, Mayo, in action against Cian O'Sullivan, Dublin
Andy Moran, Mayo, in action against Cian O'Sullivan, Dublin

CIAN O'Sullivan is Dublin's primary injury concern ahead of their All-Ireland SFC final against Kerry on September 20.

The versatile Kilmacud Crokes player was helped off the pitch at the full-time whistle by members of Dublin's medical team on Saturday evening, having appeared to tweak his hamstring whilst in possession in the final moments of Dublin's replay victory over Mayo.

Given his history of troubles in this area, O'Sullivan's condition at the full-time whistle will be a cause for worry for Jim Gavin as he begins preparations for Dublin's third All-Ireland decider in five years.

Jonny Cooper was also replaced unusually early for a second game running even though he didn't appear to be carrying any injury.

Otherwise, Gavin's chief decision over the next two weeks focuses on which, if any, of his highly-functioning bench to promote to the starting XV.

Michael Darragh Macauley, Alan Brogan, Kevin McManamon and Mick Fitzsimons all made significant contributions to Dublin's victory on Saturday night and the Dublin manager may yet be tempted to throw a selection curveball against the Kingdom.

"It's a very hard decision," Gavin predicted of his dilemma in the aftermath of the win.

"The hardest thing we have every week is picking the 26."

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