Dublin manager Jim Gavin has given a fitness update on his squad ahead of their upcoming All-Ireland football semi-final with Tyrone on August 27.
The 42.ie have reported that the Dublin manager has a clean bill of health and a full squad to pick from as his side up the stakes in their bid for three All-Ireland titles in a row.
With Jonny Cooper, Michael Daragh MacAuley and Paul Flynn having returned for the quarter-final with Monaghan, Gavin can now call on the services of Diarmuid Connolly and Cormac Costello for their last four clash.
The manager was very happy with the returning players the last day and spoke of how performances in training were key to them being considered for selection;
“The first thing I’d say is that we don’t hand out jerseys, both of them earned the right to return to the field of play based on what we saw in front of our eyes in training. So they’ve been training really well over the last number of weeks.
“They got those jerseys on merit. (The) biggest strength of this team is their sense of collective and they understand that they’re the sum of their parts and Paul and Michael Darragh came in and did their bit for the team.
“It’s been a long road for both of them, as it has been for a number of players.”
Cormac Costello is a player yet to see any game time in this year’s championship. Costello was instrumental in Dublin’s victory over Mayo in last year’s final replay when he kicked 0-3 from play having been introduced as a substitute. Gavin confirmed that he will be available for the Tyrone game;
“Cormac Costello is back now as well, he’s worked really diligently at his return to play. (We have a) full squad to pick from. Everyone is fit.”
The final matter to mention was Gavin’s words on a potential return to the starting team for Diarmuid Connolly. Having brushed off questions from the media in the aftermath of their quarter-final success, the three time All-Ireland winning manager was in a similar mood this time around;
“Yeah, we just have to wait and see as we get closer to the game. He is doing his own thing. He is on his own programme. We’ll just have to wait and see.”
The Connolly saga is sure to provide a major subplot ahead of this game. Having served a 12-week suspension, the public will be keen to see whether Jim Gavin opts to start Diarmuid Connolly who hasn’t played since Dublin’s opening game against Carlow.
Check out our look ahead to this weekend’s first football semi-final between Kerry and Mayo, as well as a review Waterford hurlers victory over Cork in this week’s episode of The 16th Man with Dominos.