Jim Gavin Hopeful Diarmuid Connolly Returns Before Championship

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Jim Gavin Hopeful Diarmuid Connolly Returns Before Championship


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Diarmuid Connolly could be back in the Dublin squad in time for the start of the Championship.

Yesterday, it was reported in the Sunday Times that the St Vincent's club man wasn't interested in playing football of hurling at this current time.

Connolly didn't appear in yesterdays Division 1 triumph over Galway.

The 2 time all-star has made just a single appearance over the course of this year's league campaign - coming on as a substitute in the win over Mayo on Febraury 24th.

Dublin Manager Jim Gavin played down speculation that the forward is done playing with the Dubs, saying "Both Diarmuid and I agreed that what's best for him at the moment was to take that rest over these games."

"He's had a long number of years playing senior inter-county football, as have a lot of that group, and that decision was made in his best interest."

When asked whether Connolly might be ready in time for this year's Championship, Gavin replied "Please God."

The Dublin boss also gave an update on Jack McCaffrey, who's been missing since suffering a cruciate knee ligament injury in the All-Ireland final win over Mayo.

"He's back on the grass again, that's really positive - as in he's running on the grass."

"He's being very diligent about it. He's in great shape - mentally as bubbly as ever and he's looking forward to the Championship."

Dublin take on the winners of Offaly and Wicklow in the Quarter Finals of the Leinster Football Championship on the final weekend of May.


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