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Saturday 21 September 2019

Dean ready to Rock as return nears

Dean Rock of Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Dean Rock of Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Dean Rock could be part of Dublin's match day panel for Sunday's Leinster SFC final against Meath after recovering from a hamstring injury although Jim Gavin is likely to keep changes to a minimum.

Rock hasn't played for Dublin since their final League match in Breffni Park on March 24 and wasn't on the bench for either their Leinster SFC opener against Louth or their most recent victory over Kildare.

In his absence, Cormac Costello was entrusted with free-taking duties and in keeping with a sparkling League campaign, is currently the top scorer in this year's All-Ireland SFC with 1-21.

With both Paul Mannion and Con O'Callaghan in similarly rich scoring form, Rock may have to bide his time to win back a starting place.

Impressive

Gavin could opt to play Brian Howard in midfield - where he won an All Star last year - to accommodate Rock but after an impressive 15-point win over Kildare, he is likelier to stick with those currently in form.

Speaking after the Kildare game, Gavin said "the game just came a couple of days early for him, so we'd hope that he'd be ready for selection the next day."

Jonny Cooper, who has similarly yet to play this summer, is again expected to miss out on Sunday due to a foot injury.

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