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Thursday 14 December 2017

McCarthy to appeal red

JAMES McCarthy will bring his case to the Central Hearings Committee within the next 48 hours as he attempts to rescind the red card incurred during Dublin's abandoned Allianz League clash with Mayo in an effort to make himself available for his county's visit to Laois next Saturday.

The Ballymun Kickhams man had been pencilled in for a trip to the CHC last Saturday but his involvement in the Sigerson Cup final with DCU precluded his attendance and the date had to be re-arranged.

McCarthy was recommended for a one-match ban by the Central Competitions Control Committee after referee, Marty Duffy, brandished a straight red for an apparent elbow on Mayo forward Alan Freeman in the abandoned meeting between the sides in McHale Park on Saturday, February 11.

But Dublin will contest the decision on the basis that any contact between the players was unintentional.

Should the CHC uphold Duffy's view, Dublin can take their case to the Central Appeals Committee in advance of Saturday's clash with Justin McCarthy's men in O'Moore Park.

Rookie

If McCarthy is freed to play, Gilroy could name the same team which started against Mayo although rookie wing-back Craig Dias has missed some training in the past week due to a bout of 'flu.

Eamonn Fennell is available again after sitting out the Mayo fixture following his own red card against Kerry a week previous.

There could also be a first 2012 inter-county sighting of either of the most recent recipients of the Footballer of the Year award, Alan and Bernard Brogan, who have yet to play a part for Dublin this year.

Both played a full 70 minutes for Leinster in the M Donnelly Interprovincial Series semi-final loss to Munster in Parnell Park two Sundays ago while Paul Griffin is also nearing a return after a long-term knee injury.

Gilroy's options are further boosted by the return to full training of All-Ireland-winning midfielder, Denis Bastick.

The Laois county board, meanwhile, are predicting a crowd of around 8,000 for the match and will not be issuing tickets for the first League match between the counties since 1997.

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