Crokes star's London move tempered by Devereux all-clear
PAT GILROY has ruled out the prospect of Niall Corkery playing for the Dublin footballers this year unless the Kilmacud Crokes man returns to Ireland in the near future.
Corkery -- who won a place in Dublin's championship starting 15 last year in his first season on the panel -- has relocated to London for work reasons and his inter-county career is on an indefinite hiatus barring a change in his professional circumstances.
Corkery hasn't played for Kilmacud Crokes since their clash with Portlaoise in the opening round of the AIB Leinster Clue SFC owing to a combination of his new job and a knee injury. He now looks set to miss Sunday's re-fixed Leinster club final clash with Rhode.
"He's gone," replied Gilroy when asked as to Corkery's availability for the season. "His job is going to have him in London permanently so I don't think Niall will be back unless his work situation changes."
The Dublin manager is, however, expecting two other 2010 championship starters to come back into his panel, albeit at a much later date.
Both David Henry -- who captained Dublin in the absence of Paul Griffin last year -- and Rory O'Carroll are currently out of the country and look unlikely to feature at all in the National League.
The Raheny man is on an extended holiday while O'Carroll is teaching in France as part of his third level studies -- but Gilroy has penciled them in for a late season return to the Dublin ranks.
"(Henry) is back in April and the same with Rory O'Carroll -- he's back in April too," said Gilroy. "Hopefully, both of them will be very responsible fellas that will look after themselves so a couple of weeks training will make a big difference to the two of them."
Gilroy also spoke of his relief that newcomer Nicky Devereux had not sustained any major injuries despite being knocked down by a car last Thursday.
The Ballinteer St John's man had been expected to make his competitive senior debut for Dublin during their current O'Byrne Cup campaign before he was involved in the road accident.
Devereux suffered facial injuries and will undergo further tests but incurred no broken bones and Gilroy said he hoped for a speedy recovery. "He's out of hospital, thanks be to God," said the Dublin manager. "He's much improved.
"It was a potentially very serious incident. There is just facial injuries that he got. He was just very lucky.
"He was going to an exam and stepped out on the road and got hit by a car. He is out of hospital and hopefully, he'll recover quickly."