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Friday 20 September 2019

Dub injury worry

O'Sullivan and Small main concerns for champions

Cian O’Sullivan arrives at Croke Park ahead of Sunday’s All-Ireland Football Final at Croke Park. Photo: Sportsfile
Cian O’Sullivan arrives at Croke Park ahead of Sunday’s All-Ireland Football Final at Croke Park. Photo: Sportsfile

Jim Gavin has injury concerns over defenders John Small and Cian O'Sullivan heading into Saturday week's All-Ireland SFC replay with Kerry.

The pair face a race against time to be part of the drive for five.

Small is nursing a hand injury which saw him replaced as a blood substitute in the 57th minute and not return to the fray.

Having taken Small's place and had a strong final quarter, Eoin Murchan is in pole position to start should he be ruled out, while O'Sullivan is believed to have nursed a hamstring injury going into Sunday's clash.

The 31-year-old wasn't moving freely during the warm-up and it is understood that this is why the six-time All-Ireland winner wasn't called in to firefight in a struggling Dublin rearguard.

Kerry came through with a clean bill of heath and the extra two weeks may afford James O'Donoghue the chance to make the match-day 26.

Meanwhile, it has emerged that Dublin did not release Jack McCaffrey to the GAA's broadcast partners to receive his All-Ireland football final Man of the Match award on Sunday.

McCaffrey lit up the final with a scintillating display from half-back, scoring 1-3 and making a number of important tackles.

But the customary post-match presentation and interview did not take place, the Clontarf man instead getting his award from GAA president John Horan behind closed doors.

Dublin are understood to have made it clear to RTÉ and Sky Sports that manager Jim Gavin would be their only representative available to conduct a round of post-match interviews.

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