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Tuesday 21 August 2018

Gilroy hopeful of Brogan return in Mayo

DUBLIN will be banking on Alan Brogan making a rapid recovery from his calf injury as they prepare for next Saturday's rearranged NFL Division One encounter with Mayo in McHale Park.

The reigning Footballer of the Year only lasted half an hour of Saturday night's victory over Donegal. His place in attack went to Dean Rock, who was recently recalled to the panel.

But, afterwards, Brogan delivered a reasonably upbeat injury bulletin: "I just picked up a bit of a knock on my calf in the first 10 minutes and I got a bit worried about it as the match went on.

"It was more of a precaution than anything."

Dublin could certainly do with their most experienced forward in Castlebar, given the current injury-enforced absence of his brother, Bernard (knee), and Eoghan O'Gara (groin).

Ger Brennan will also be available next weekend after Pat Gilroy explained that his 25th minute exit against Donegal was caused by illness, not injury.



Discomfort

The centre-back had set up Kevin McManamon for a point and was in no apparent discomfort before it.

"He was feeling sick going into the game," said Gilroy. "It was something we thought he'd get over but he just wasn't feeling right."

Donegal have a two-week break before facing Armagh in a potential relegation decider, but they'll be sweating on the fitness of their two strike forwards, Michael Murphy and Colm McFadden.

"He (Murphy) feels his knee is locking a little bit, so we'll have to get it looked at in the next couple of hours and then see how things are with him," said manager Jim McGuinness on Saturday night.

McFadden wasn't risked because of a hamstring niggle. He had done a warm-up earlier that day and didn't "feel comfortable".

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