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We’ve a full squad to pick from: Jim Gavin

We’ve a full squad to pick from: Jim Gavin

Tue, 15th August 2017

Dublin manager Jim Gavin reports a fully fit squad as his panel continue their preparations for Sunday week’s All-Ireland SFC semi-final against Tyrone in Croke Park.

All-Ireland final replay supersub Cormac Costello has returned to full training after an injury ravaged season.

The Whitehall Colmcille man suffered a hamstring injury during the league and then during the championship an ankle injury as he was making his way back to full fitness.

"The squad is fully fit. We have a full squad to pick from," says Jim.

“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.”

Diarmuid Connolly’s 12-week suspension ends the night before the Tyrone clash with opens the door for his inclusion also.

“We just have to wait and see as we get closer to the game. He (Diarmuid) is doing his own thing. He is on his own programme. We’ll just have to wait and see,” adds Jim.

The experienced duo of Paul Flynn and Michael Darragh Macauley came off the bench against Monaghan in the quarter-final to make their championship bow this summer.

“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,” adds Jim.

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