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Tuesday 18 September 2018

O'Carroll could return for Crossmaglen clash

RORY O'Carroll could be set for a return to the Kilmacud Crokes line up for Sunday's AIB All-Ireland club semi-final clash with Crossmaglen Rangers in Navan after sitting out their delayed Leinster club final victory over Rhode.

The Dublin full-back's availability since late last year has been shrouded in doubt since he moved to France to teach for a year while a foot injury forced him out of the Leinster final completely.

However, he lined out for Dublin in a challenge match last Monday and is set to be plunged straight back in at the deep end on Sunday against the Ulster champions.

Crokes midfield pairing, Pat Duggan and Craig Dias, have both made full recoveries from injury sustained in the Leinster final defeat of Rhode so the centrefield partnership they have forged in the enforced absences of Darren Magee and Niall Corkery is set to continue.

In addition, Paul Griffin may return to the bench for the first time since rupturing his cruciate ligament last March.

Meanwhile, centre-back, Cian O'Sullivan, says that Crokes possess an inner belief which has helped them pull victories out of the jaws of defeat in successive Leinster club championship matches this year.

"There might be an underlying confidence, that even if we do go five or six points down we're able to pull it out of the bag in the dying minutes. It's a great mentality to have, that there's still a chance," he said.

"The last few games we have been down at half-time but pushed on and smothered out opposition. Hopefully that will contribute on Sunday."

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