Dublin are set to be without midfielder Cian O’Sullivan for their Allianz Football League games against Cork and Donegal as he continues his recovery from a hip operation.

The Kilmacud Crokes star underwent surgery in October and is believed to be a month away from a return, which would make the round 3 clash against Kerry on 1 March the earliest possible date for a comeback.

“It’s kind of been at me for the last two years so I’ve just been managing it,” the 2013 All Star said.

“I had a bit of time over the winter where I wasn’t playing football, so it was best to get the operation done and get the issue seen to.”

O’Sullivan revealed that the injury had gradually worsened throughout last season before coming to a head after Dublin’s shock All-Ireland semi-final exit to Donegal.

“Last year, at the beginning of the year, I was able to get through it. I got a few procedures done with it and that seemed to tide it over, and then just progressively, as the season went on, I was getting worse and worse,” he said.

“The day of reckoning came the day after the Donegal game – I was struggling to walk down the stairs and stuff like that. That was probably when it was at its worst.

“I played a bit with the club after, and it just kept on flaring up.

“I was kind of just playing game to game. And training in between was pretty limited in what I could do because the hip was just flaring up the whole time.

“A lot of physio was required and getting a lot of massages and stuff like that. I was limited in what I could do on the training pitch, so hopefully now I’ll get a good clean run at it.”

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