Jim Gavin’s hand for the remainder of the League campaign has been strengthened with the news that Cian O’Sullivan, Bernard Brogan and Paul Flynn have all returned to training.

The Dublin boss will also be able to call on Diarmuid Connolly and a contingent of other St Vincent’s players after they bowed out of the AIB All Ireland Club Championship last Saturday. Although Gavin admits he will give them a bit of a break before reintroducing them to the squad.

O’Sullivan, Brogan and Flynn were all given extended breaks, but Gavin speaking to 98fm confirmed all three could make their return to the team in the coming weeks.

“Cian is back from his travel, we’ll introduce him over the coming weeks.”

Along with O’Sullivan, Brogan and Flynn also possibly featuring in the Allianz League in the coming weeks, there was also positive news on James McCarthy’s injury.

McCarthy had to be helped from the field in the 65th minute of last Saturday’s game against Tyrone with what looked at the time to be a serious looking injury. But Gavin has moved swiftly to clarify that it was no more than kick to his calf and he expects the wingback to return shortly.

“He just got a kick in the back of the calf, nothing malicious just in a contact zone, he’s picked up a knock.”
“It’s a contact injury we’ll just have to asses it over the next 72 hours hopefully he’ll be back for the Donegal game.”