Saturday 22 October 2016

Flynn expects to be ready for Royal rumble

Dublin’s Paul Flynn. Photo: Sportsfile
Dublin’s Paul Flynn. Photo: Sportsfile

Paul Flynn has assured Dublin fans that he should be flying fit for Sunday week's Leinster SFC semi-final against Meath.

The four-time All Star cried off at the last minute against Laois, having tweaked his hamstring in the Nowlan Park warm-up - a huge personal frustration as it meant he missed the Dubs' first championship match outside of Croke Park in a decade.

"Pretty confident," he said when asked if he'll be available for semi-final selection. "It was only a grade one tear which is a strain, the best case scenario. I'm back running already. Running on Monday, tonight, Friday. Back full training probably Sunday morning."

Flynn experienced hamstring tightness in the week of the game but still felt he would be fine to play.

"I did the warm-up and I was actually grand. The last bit of the warm-up, when we started to up the ante, I felt a little twinge," he explained.

He found it a struggle to watch on. "It's not even just your mindset, it's everything over the last 24 hours," he said. "You're carb-loading and then you realise you're not going to be playing. You've so much energy and no avenue to burn it off.

"You're mentally preparing yourself for a game and you have to try and watch the bloody thing. You want to be out there. I'll tell you, it's hard."

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