Dublin defender Philly McMahon in a sky blue jersey with a yellow bib over it with the number six on the front and navy shorts

Dublin defender Philly McMahon has revealed that the injury to his third metacarpal had an upside as it allowed him to get his fitness levels up to a level higher than he had previously for pre-season into the League.

The multiple All Ireland winner hasn’t featured for Dublin so far in 2019 owing to breaking the third metacarpal in his hand during a boxing sparring session in the off-season which put him out of action for two and a half months.

The Ballymun Kickhams man returned to competitive action last weekend for his club against Thomas Davis and speaking to dublingaa.ie Philly McMahon announced he is fully back.

“It was the first game that I’ve played since the injury, so I’m fully back now,” said Philly.

“I broke my third metacarpal, sparring in the off-season, I hit someone’s elbow. It was boxing – I was out for two-and-a-half months.

“I was hoping to be back for Mayo, but one side of the bone wasn’t healed so I had another four weeks on top of that then.

“But do you know what, it’s been great. I’ve been able to get my fitness levels up to a level that I’ve never been at, pre-season into the league.

“It’s just about getting match sharpness now and I just need to see how that transfers onto the pitch,” added Philly.

It’s a timely boost for Jim Gavin to have the hard tackling All Star Dublin defender Philly McMahon back in the squad as his Dublin side head into the home straight of the Allianz National Football League with a place in the final within their grasp and totally in their own hands.

Ironically if Philly McMahon is picked to start or comes on from the bench in Dublin’s next League game against Tyrone in Croke Park, he will begin his 2019 inter-county season exactly where he ended his 2018 season against the exact same opponents.