Dublin are currently assessing midfielder Michael Darragh MacAuley’s injury, but it is being reported that he could miss the entire championship.
MacAuley has been attempting to overcome a foot problem since Dublin’s loss to Kerry in the National Football League final. However, he has since sustained a knee injury that has put his 2017 championship campaign at risk, The Irish Independent have reported.
The 2013 Footballer of The Year played a part for his club, Ballyboden St. Enda’s, in their defeat to St. Oliver Plunkett’s Eoghan Ruadh in the first round of the Dublin SFC. He was taken off in that game and has since been sporting a protective boot.
With no signs of improvement in the injury, the midfield powerhouse is said to be exploring different avenues of recovery with the Dublin management and medical team. Surgery is said to be an option, which would probably force MacAuley out for the entirety of this year’s championship.
If rehabilitation of the injury continues to not go to plan, the 2016 All-Ireland club champion could be left with no option but to sacrifice his role in the Dubs’ crack at three Sam Maguire’s in a row in order to recover fully.
After the round of club championship games in the capital over the weekend, the county stars returned to training this week with the Boys in Blue as preparation for their Leinster Championship opener against either Wexford or Carlow begins. That fixture is five weeks away. At the moment, MDMA has not been officially ruled out of that game, but given the latest updates on the situation, these are worrying times for the four-time All-Ireland SFC winner.