James McCarthy could yet play a further part in Dublin's season as the injury he picked up in the Leinster final appears not to be as severe as first feared.

The 29-year-old, who has been a mainstay in Dublin’s dominance this decade, was assisted off the pitch during Sunday’s facile win over Meath at Croke Park with a suspected knee injury.

There was speculation the Ballymun Kickhams defender could be ruled out of Dublin’s drive-for-five, but the Herald reports that a scan yesterday showed no serious ligament damage and he could return to action sooner than expected, though there has been no official word as of yet from the Dublin camp.

The reigning champions begin their Super 8s series against Cork or a Round 4 qualifier in two and a half weeks, though it isn’t expected the six-time All-Ireland winner will be fit for that game in Croke Park.