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Monday 5 December 2016

Full Deck: Dubs boss is spoiled for choice against Kildare

Gain has full deck

'if Jim Gavin doesn’t see us going hard for the full 70 minutes, he’s going to take us off and someone else is going to go in there'
'if Jim Gavin doesn’t see us going hard for the full 70 minutes, he’s going to take us off and someone else is going to go in there'

JIM Gavin must make his mind up this week which, if any, of a returning quartet of double All-Ireland winners to recall against Kildare.

He will also have to decide about which of his opening round debutants to reward for their performances.

At his most recent press conference, the Dublin manager pronounced Rory O'Carroll, James McCarthy and Cian O'Sullivan - none of whom were involved in the casual 27-point destruction of Longford just over three weeks ago - fit and available for Kildare's arrival to Croke Park on Sunday for the main event in a Leinster semi-final double header.

Another, Michael Darragh Macauely, came on as a second half substitute against Jack Sheedy's men and last week, the 2013 Footballer of the Year, pronounced himself to be in "the best shape of my career," adding to Gavin's selection headache this week.

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In their stead, Davy Byrne, John Small and Brian Fenton each recorded successful Championship debuts against Longford and would, in ordinary circumstances, expect to keep their jerseys for Sunday's clash with the Lilywhites but , particularly in defence, may force Gavin's hand.

Ger Brennan, who last played for Dublin against Mayo in the 2013 All-Ireland final, is definitely out while Denis Bastick's ankle injury is not as severe as first feared and the Templeogue midfielder is also set to be involved.

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