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Jonny 'was very lucky he didn't lose an eye or that it didn't hit an artery'

22 September 2013; Bernard Brogan, Dublin, celebrates with Jonny Cooper at the end of the game. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Mayo, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
22 September 2013; Bernard Brogan, Dublin, celebrates with Jonny Cooper at the end of the game. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Mayo, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

BERNARD Brogan has spoken of his shock of learning team-mate Jonny Cooper had been viciously attacked and repeatedly stabbed in the early hours of last Saturday morning.

Brogan revealed that Cooper was nevertheless in relatively good spirits despite the traumatic nature of the incident, CCTV footage of which was deemed too distressing for viewers of RTÉ's Crimecall last Monday night.

"I spoke to him, after the incident, just to send my well wishes to him," explained Brogan. "He was in fine ... he was in good form. Just shocked.

"It was a nasty experience. But no, he was okay. He was lucky, very lucky," added the 2010 Footballer of the Year.

"Obviously he got some bad scrapes, some bad cuts and stuff, but he was very lucky he didn't lose an eye or it didn't hit an artery or anything like that. It could have been a lot, lot worse.

"So obviously he's ... we're all delighted that he came out of it okay.

"He'll have the scars and marks there to remind him of the experience, which was a nasty one, but no, it was a hard lesson.

"I'm just delighted he's okay and all the lads wished him well and he's in good form."

Tribute

Dublin boss, Jim Gavin, visited Cooper at the Mater Hospital on Saturday morning, near where the attack took place.

Yesterday, he paid glowing tribute to the work of the staff at the hospital.

"He's recovering," Gavin explained.

"It's obviously been very traumatic for him. It was a violent attack and it was outstanding work by the emergency services and by the medical team and staff in the Mater.

"I absolutely tip my hat to them, it's inspirational what they can do.

"Just like to say thanks for the amount of support and messages Jonny has got.

"He's been overwhelmed by them. And so have I."

Meanwhile, Brogan has declared himself available for selection for this year's International Rules trip although he says no contact has as yet been made by Ireland's management team. Brogan did not play last year, when Ireland beat the visitors by a record aggregate margin of 101 points, after carrying a groin injury into the All-Ireland final and it is likely that Rules boss Paul Earley will entrust largely the same group of players for this year's one-game Test on Novemeber 22nd in Perth.

"I'd love to play, if I was offered it I'd definitely think about it," said Brogan.

"Obviously my circumstances have changed a bit with work and stuff - running my own company - so time commitment is a big factor me at the moment.

"But no, as I said, if you're ever called to play for your country, you answer that call. But I haven't got that call, unfortunately, yet."

Paul Flynn (pictured, left), Jack McCaffrey and Ciarán Kilkenny were Dublin's representatives on last year's side.

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