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Thursday 8 December 2016

O'Sullivan boost for final battle

Centre-back named but no spot for Macauley

Cian O’Sullivan has undegone instense rehab on his hamstring injury
Cian O’Sullivan has undegone instense rehab on his hamstring injury

Cian O'Sullivan has been named in the Dublin team to start tomorrow's All-Ireland final despite lingering doubts over his fitness.

There is no starting spot for 2013 Footballer of the Year, Michael Darragh Macauley, however, provided Dublin line out as per the starting XV released publicly last night after their final training session before the meeting with Kerry.

O'Sullivan has undergone intense rehab on the hamstring problem he picked up in the final throes of Dublin's semi-final replay win over Mayo, though both John Small and Mick Fitzsimons will be on red alert in reserve if the versatile Kilmacud Crokes man does succumb to the injury.

Impact

The team named by Jim Gavin is the same XV as that which started against Mayo, meaning no spot in midfield for Macauley, who made such a pronounced impact after his introduction.

It also means that Dean Rock holds on to his starting spot in attack, despite the strong claims of Alan Brogan and Kevin McManamon, both of whom were instrumental in the comeback victory over the Connacht champions.

In total, there are eight players who started the 2011 All-Ireland final, when Dublin beat Kerry by a point thanks to a last-minute Stephen Cluxton free-kick.

DUBLIN (SF v Kerry): S Cluxton; J Cooper, R O'Carroll, P McMahon; J McCarthy, C O'Sullivan, J McCaffrey; B Fenton, D Bastick; P Flynn, D Connolly, C Kilkenny; P Andrews, D Rock, B Brogan.

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