Jim Gavin will have to do without the services of Cian O’Sullivan one of his main defensive lynchpins for the rest of Dublin’s league campaign and possibly also the defence of their Leinster crown.
The Kilmacud Crokes player was stretchered off late in the second half against Kerry in Croke Park two weeks ago with a shoulder injury after falling awkwardly as he was being fouled.
Although Jim Gavin was upbeat about the injury when asked after the game and stated that the player had “a range of movement, which is very positive”.
But according to The Herald after further tests it was deemed that O’Sullivan needed surgery to repair the damage and he surly went under the knife.
It’s a big blow for Dublin with O’Sullivan missing the league game this coming weekend against Monaghan and also the league final in two weeks against Galway.
With the recovery date set for around mid summer and with the Leinster Championship brought forward to accommodate the new Super 8 All Ireland structure their is the danger that Cian will be unavailable for the provincial championship.
He will definitely miss their Leinster opener on the 24th Of May against either Offaly or Wicklow and if Dublin as many expect navigate their way to the Leinster Final, O’Sullivan will face a race against time to be fit for the decider on the 24th Of June.
Such is Dublin’s dominance over the province where they have won 12 of the last 13 titles on offer, the loss of O’Sullivan a five time All Ireland winner may not be as damaging.
But Jim Gavin will hope to have one of his main defenders back in time for the Super 8’s should Dublin make it to that stage of the competition, particularly as since O’Sullivan moved to the sweeper role after their 2014 All Ireland semi-final defeat to Donegal, the boys in blue haven’t lost a championship game since.
Fingers and toes will be crossed in the Dublin camp over the next couple months that O’Sullivan makes a full and speedy recovery in time for the business end of the season.