Wednesday 21 March 2018

Brogan fit to face Armagh

BERNARD Brogan announced his fitness yesterday via Twitter after undergoing an MRI on a worrying knock he took to the shoulder.

The 2010 Footballer of the Year did not tog out for Saturday night's Allianz League Division 1 victory over Laois despite being named on the bench and Dubs manager, Pat Gilroy, was vague about the reasons for the omission afterwards.

However, it is understood that Brogan picked up a shoulder injury in training on Thursday night, a knock which was deemed serious enough to receive a scan, but the player announced yesterday: "Just had MRI scan and got the all clear, happy days! Can't wait to get back in blue!"

Meanwhile, Donegal officials are standing stoically behind Jim McGuinness as his war with sections of the media took on a new battle last weekend when he refused to speak to TG4.

McGuinness is understood to have been upset at the handling of an interview conducted prior to his team's opening league loss to Laois when he was asked about his relationship with Kevin Cassidy, who was working as an analyst for the Irish language station that day and was standing just feet from McGuinness as the interview took place.

Donegal chairman PJ McGowan said: "(TG4 presenter) Micheal Ó Domhnaill asked him about their relationship, which was totally unprofessional. I was shocked to see the interview take place like that. TG4 were out of line."

Players Michael Murphy and Rory Kavanagh also declined to speak to the channel after they had beaten Cork on Sunday.

Padraig Reidy has been dropped from Kerry's playing squad as Jack O'Connor prunes his numbers after their opening three league matches.

Reidy played in the 2007 and 2008 All-Ireland finals at corner-back and was an unused sub in the '09 decider.

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