Thursday 14 November 2019

Cooper no go

McCarthy also unlikely to make Super 8s Rebels clash

Recovering: Dublin defender Jonny Cooper
Recovering: Dublin defender Jonny Cooper

Jonny Cooper is unlikely to play in Dublin's Super 8s opener against Cork in Croke Park (7pm).

Cooper hasn't played a competitive match in almost four months due to a foot injury that has been slow to heal, although he is understood to be making progress.

Cooper's last appearance in blue came on March 16, when Dublin were beaten by Tyrone in the sixth round of Division 1 League fixtures in Croke Park.

In Cooper's absence, Philly McMahon has re-established himself in the team after missing the League campaign, while Davy Byrne has held off the claims of Rory O'Carroll for the full-back position after missing almost a full year, including all of last year's Championship, due to a broken bone in his foot.

Jim Gavin will be forced into at least one change from the team that beat Meath by 16 points in the Leinster SFC final.

James McCarthy limped out of that match with a knee injury and while initial fears of potential ligament damage were quickly allayed, he is unlikely to play a part in either Saturday's clash with Cork or Dublin's second group match against Connacht champions Roscommon seven days later.

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