Macauley ruled out for Boden in quarters
MICHAEL Darragh Macauley will miss Ballyboden St Enda's Dublin SFC quarter-final with Lucan Sarsfields in O'Toole Park on Sunday, October 5th (4.0).
The 2013 Footballer of the Year (pictured, below) suffered a thumb injury in the Firhouse club's win over Ballinteer St John's in the last 16 and underwent corrective surgery, ruling him out for at least three to four weeks.
Indeed, as a consequence, he may not play another part in Boden's championship bid regardless of their result on Sunday week.
Meanwhile, Jim Gavin has revealed that he expected Paul Mannion to return from China in June of next year, though he did not know exactly what role the Kilmacud Crokes player would have within his squad next summer.
"Paul's studying BComm in Chinese," Gavin explained. "So he's in Shanghai now, in his first semester.
"He's speaking Chinese, I'm sure it's a great cultural experience ... he'll be back at the end of his second semester, in June.
"So we'll see what happens then."
Gavin was unsure whether there would be any retirements from this year's group, insisting the panel would meet after the conclusion of the Dublin SFC.
Asked about Alan Brogan's future after speculation he may decide to call it quits, his brother Bernard admitted: "I honestly don't know.
"I think he's loads to add. Talking to the other lads in the team, they think he's loads to add.
"As the year went on, and he was so influential and played an important part. I'd say the end of the year, when he looks back on it, I'd say he'll say 'there might still be a role for me here'."