Dublin Footballer Bernard Brogan Has Set His Sights On An August Comeback From Injury
Dublin Footballer Bernard Brogan Has Set His Sights On An August Comeback From Injury

 

Bernard Brogan is aiming to return to action for Dublin in August as he continues his comeback from a career threatening cruciate ligament injury.

The 34 year old Oliver St Plunkett Eoghan Ruadh star had seen his starting chances reduced last season and found himself among the substitutes for the past two All Ireland Finals.

But in what was probably going to be his last season in a Dublin jersey Brogan was determined to go out with a bang. He decided to skip the team holiday in early January and get himself in the best shape possible for a sustained run in the league.

He looked sharp and in sparkling form against Kildare setting up Dublin’s two goals on the night and there was certainly an air that Brogan was a man on a mission in 2018.

But after what is being described by brother Alan Brogan as an ‘innocuous’ incident which saw Bernard losing his footing during a shooting drill a few days before the Dubs meeting against Donegal last month, the news broke he had suffered the dreaded injury.

After a few days of weighing up the options Bernard decided that surgery was the best option and he went under the knife. And with a six month recovery period the 2010 Footballer Of The Year has earmarked an August return provided Dublin are still involved at that stage of the championship.

With the severity of the injury and also the players age it might be viewed as an ambitious target, but in his column in the Independent older brother Alan believes his younger sibling has the determination to reach his target.

Bernard had surgery to repair the ligament two weeks ago. “He’s back on his feet now. He’s out and about and he was with the physio there yesterday (Monday). So he’s back on the road to recovery.

“He’s looking at how quick can you get back and I think he’ll give it a lash to try and get back for around August, the six-month mark,” said Alan.

“It’s still a big ask for a 34-year-old. But I know with work, he probably does have that flexibility, that if he does have to devote a certain amount of time to it, he probably can.

“That’s what he’ll aim for. He’ll try and get back for the end of the championship. But for the moment, it’s one day at a time.

If this was to be Bernard’s last season playing for Dublin the injury has certainly altered those plans somewhat and whether or not he recovers in time this season to play any part in Jim Gavin’s squads championship campaign, Alan Brogan believes he will pull on the Sky Blue jersey again at some stage.

“If he has only a year left, he may as well throw everything he has into trying to get back. And if he can’t get back this year, he might just decide he will give it one more and see where it takes him.

“But it does get harder and harder. He’ll be 35 next year. And it’s a difficult team to get into at the best of times.

“I’d be surprised if we don’t see him pulling on the jersey again at some stage,” said Alan.