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'I'll be OK'

ALAN Brogan says he will be fit to lead Dublin's attack in the knock-out stages of the All-Ireland series, despite being forced off during yesterday's Leinster final triumph over Meath with a groin strain.

The reigning Footballer of the Year was replaced prior to half-time having kicked two points.

But he tweeted last night that the knock amounted to nothing more than a "minor injury".

"He said he had a bit of niggle in it on when he kicked a ball on Tuesday," explained Pat Gilroy.

"He hadn't felt anything since, but hopefully it's not too bad."

The availability of the eldest Brogan brother will give Gilroy another selection headache ahead of the first 'real' defence of their All-Ireland crown.

Eoghan O'Gara was in inspired form after replacing the St Oliver Plunkett's man.

O'Gara will push hard for a starting role next time out, while Diarmuid Connolly will also be available for selection, having served his one-game suspension.

Gilroy afterwards called on his players to now raise their collective standards for another assault on Sam Maguire after allowing Meath to force their way back to threaten Dublin's seventh Leinster success in eight years yesterday.

"The time to be outstanding is from August onwards and that's the reality of it," he insisted.

"Hopefully in two weeks' time a lot of the things that nearly worked today will actually click."