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brennan 'so close'

GER BRENNAN must wait another month at least for his long-awaited Dublin comeback.

Manager Jim Gavin today confirmed that his experienced centre-back is "very close" to fitness but definitely won't be available for the Leinster SFC semi-final against Kildare on June 28.

There is better news concerning hamstrung duo Rory O'Carroll and Cian O'Sullivan, who have both resumed full training and will be vying for recalls against the Lilywhites.

Gavin also indicated that midfielder Denis Bastick will be "good" for Sunday week after picking up an ankle injury while on club duty with Templeogue Synge Street, the weekend before last.

Brennan's injury travails have been a longer-term frustration, for both player and manager.

The two-time All-Ireland winner hasn't featured in the Sky Blue jersey since the final against Mayo in September 2013.

His initial absence was due to All-Ireland club commitments with St Vincent's, but he missed all of last summer because of an ongoing Achilles problem which - following another marathon club campaign - ultimately required a second operation last spring.

Speaking at Dublin's Leinster semi-final briefing in the Gibson Hotel today, Gavin explained how the player is edging closer to a return.