Dublin claimed an historic third All Ireland title in a row last Sunday after a thrilling final against Mayo. It was a bruising encounter and many of the players will be still feeling the effects of battle today. 

Though one Dublin player will be feeling it the most after his All Ireland Final was cut short due to injury after just nine minutes. Jack McCaffrry had started on fire and his first burst forward left his opposite marker in his wake and he was shaping up to have a big say as to where the Sam Maguire Cup would be residing for the next 12 months. 

But minutes later he was lying on the Croke Park surface clutching what looked like a serious knee injury and had to be replaced by Paul Flynn.

It is now understood that the 2015 Footballer of the Year has suffered serious damage to his cruciate ligament.

It will be a few more days before the full severity of the injury is known, but it’s likely that the Clontarf club man will miss next seasons entire League campaign and some if not all of Dublin’s defence of their Leinster Championship title. 

It’s a huge blow not just for the player himself but to Jim Gavin and his Dublin team. McCaffrey only returned to the squad this year after missing the 2016 Championship as he travelled to Africa as part of his medical studies.

Jack slotted straight back into the team this year as if he’d never been away and put in a string of top quality displays. Hopefully the damage to his knee is not as bad as is initially feared and Jack has a speedy recovery and returns to the Dublin team as early as is possible.