Galvin: Brogan won't be content with place on Dublin's bench this summer
JIM GAVIN may be forced into making two changes to his preferred defence for Sunday's Leinster SFC opener against Longford in Croke Park (4.0), with James McCarthy definitely out and Rory O'Carroll deemed doubtful.
McCarthy limped out of a challenge match victory over Clare in Miltown Malbay two weekends back, fuelling fears that he had suffered a recurrence of the ankle or groin injuries which have dogged him in the past but Gavin clarified that the Ballymun player had merely injured a toe.
"He had a very good game against Clare in Miltown Malbay but he just picked up a toe injury. It's just irritable.
"(Sunday's match) is a couple of days too early for him."
On O'Carroll, Gavin explained: "We're going to assess that tonight," though his absence could open the door for this year's Dublin U21 captain, David Byrne, to make his Championship debut.
Gavin also allayed fears that Paul Flynn's summer is in jeopardy due to a groin injury, explaining: "Paul's good. Available for selection."
Asked whether the four time All Star had an osteitis pubis injury, as suggested in reports last weekend, Gavin replied: "no, thankfully".
Ger Brennan, meanwhile, remains on the long-term absentee list while Paul Mannion, currently studying in China, looks unlikely to rejoin the Dublin panel this year, though Gavin refused to rule it out completely.
"Paul is in China finishing off his studies doing a BComm in UCD and is in Shanghai at the moment or somewhere in that direction and is popping into South America on his way home," he outlined.
Gavin also spoke of the extension to his tenure as Dublin manager, which keeps him in charge until the end of the 2017 season.
"A week after the All-Ireland semi-final, I met with the Dublin county board chairman, Andy Kettle and the chief executive, John Costello," he explained.
"We just met to quickly review the year that went by. Obviously we needed to meet to see where I was at and where they thought I was at.
"So the outcome of that meeting was that I was going to go essentially for another three years.
"That was ratified at the Dublin county board committee meeting sometimes in November.
"I go from year to year anyway. There are no contracts signed.
"It's an agreement between myself and the officers of the county board. We just put a bit of structure on it.
"Obviously, we have plans for the team and to see them through, we thought another three year cycle would be appropriate."