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Thursday 20 September 2018

Flynn back in Dubs frame

Paul Flynn. Pic: Sportsfile
Paul Flynn. Pic: Sportsfile

The weather-forced delay to the meeting of Dublin and Kerry could allow Paul Flynn to make his seasonal debut for the All-Ireland champions, writes Conor McKeon.

Flynn, 31, hasn't played for Dublin since last year's All-Ireland final and is one of just four players - Cormac Costello, Con O'Callaghan and Jack McCaffrey being the others - that featured that day not to have tasted any League action so far in 2018.

Last Saturday's postponement of all League fixtures means Dublin will now play on four successive weekends if, as expected, they make this year's League final.

And Flynn - who sat out 10 weeks of last summer with a torn calf - could now be part of Jim Gavin's panel for the visit of Kerry.

Costello meanwhile, is also in the frame after shaking off an injury in recent weeks.

The Whitehall ace hasn't sampled a minute of League action since last year's Division 1 opener in Cavan, with recurring hamstring issues compounded by a more recent ankle injury.

He did, however, come on for the final minutes of last year's All-Ireland final.

The unexpected one-week break may also come as a blessing to Dublin hurling manager, Pat Gilroy.

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Ahead of their visit to Portlaoise where a win would put Dublin into a League quarter-final, Gilroy had injury concerns over Liam Rushe and Darren Kelly, both of whom came off injured in their six-point defeat to Galway in Parnell Park.

Gilroy described Rushe's injury as being "in his rib cage. It seems like it's a muscular thing.

"He seemed to be OK before the game but we need to get it fully checked out now," he explained.

Kelly meanwhile, limped off in the second half after a heavy collision.

Eamonn Dillon, who hasn't played since Dublin's one-point victory over Antrim on February 5th, could also return.

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