Dublin GAA have confirmed that forward Paul Flynn will miss the start of this year’s Allianz National Football League campaign.
The All-Ireland champions open with a mouthwatering clash with Kerry on 30 January at Croke Park, however, the Fingallians man will miss the opening encounters as he recovers from a recurring groin injury.
“The rehab has been going well and there has been no reaction so far,” the four-time All Star told Dublingaa.ie.
“The one thing that any player or athlete worries about is their fitness. If you can keep the body good and you can train hard you can give everything every time, every game.
“So yeah, obviously I’d be worried about it.”
Meanwhile, Dublin hurlers are missing several key players for Sunday's Bord na Móna Walsh Cup clash with Galway.
Peter Kelly is recovering from a dislocated knee, while Paul Schutte is still a few weeks away from full fitness after dislocating his shoulder. Ryan O’Dwyer remains out as he recovers from an injury picked up last October.
“We have a couple of long-term injuries and they’re a bit away yet. They’re back in training. But they’re a bit off playing a competitive game yet,” said Dublin manager Ger Cunningham.
But the Dubs boss is delighted that Oisín Gough has returned to the squad.
“We missed him last year when he wasn’t there. So we were delighted when he made himself available again to come back in," said Cunningham. "And he’s been great since he’s been back."