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'Alan must be fit'

FORMER Dubs boss Paul Caffrey says he fears the impact Alan Brogan's loss would have on Dublin's two-in-a-row dreams.

The current Footballer of the Year faces a battle to be fit for a looming All-Ireland quarter-final on the August Bank Holiday weekend and will undergo intensive treatment on the groin injury he suffered in Sunday's Leinster final success in Croke Park.

"Anyone who underestimates Alan Brogan's impact on the Dublin team in the last 10 years, just look at how Dublin have performed when he has gone off in matches," 'Pillar' told the Herald.

"Sunday was one of the first matches that they actually won when he went off. In my tenure, when Alan went missing through injury, we struggled.

"He is underestimated in terms of the assists he provides for the inside forwards," Caffrey insisted. "Once Alan went off on Sunday, they didn't have a player to knit the forwards together.

"No one should be in any doubt as to how important he is to Dublin."

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