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Thursday 18 October 2018

'Bernard won't be happy just to be back on field'

Bernard Brogan of Dublin comes on as a substitute in the second half during the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Quarter-Final Group 2 Phase 3 match between Dublin and Roscommon at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo: SPORTSFILE
Bernard Brogan of Dublin comes on as a substitute in the second half during the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Quarter-Final Group 2 Phase 3 match between Dublin and Roscommon at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo: SPORTSFILE

I didn't think for a second that Bernard would pack it all in when he tore his cruciate in February but still, his plan of making it back for the business end of this season seemed a little ambitious at the time.

He's put in a phenomenal effort to get back.

They're lonely hours in the gym and he's endured plenty of them over the past five-and-a-half months, away from the team and the devoid of the energy you get from working within a group.

It means a huge amount to him.

And the cheer he got in Croke Park last Sunday showed how happy everyone was that he's back, even if it was only for a few minutes.

At his age, at his time of life, with five All-Ireland medals won already, with a business to run and now twins to look after, to get back in 23 weeks from a cruciate injury is an amazing achievement.

He's a busy man.

But he did his cruciate before, so he knows the ins and the outs of what's required to get back.

Dangers

He knew the dangers, when to push himself that bit further and when to hold off.

Vitally, he had no swelling on the knee, meaning he could have the operation very soon after he suffered the injury.

He didn't leave any stone unturned in terms of talking to doctors and physios and the Dublin medical team is as good as you can get.

He would have spoken to players too - some from other sports - who had suffered the same injury in the past, looking for tips about how to shave precious time off the rehab.

But don't think for a second he'll be happy now with his six minutes against Roscommon last Sunday afternoon.

He'll push harder and harder now to play some part in the All-Ireland semi-final or maybe even a final if Dublin get there win a win this Saturday against Galway.

Knowing Bernard, he'll want to get on the field again this summer and have some impact on Dublin's quest for a fourth All-Ireland title in-a-row.

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