The return to collective senior inter-county training could be postponed in the wake of rising Covid-19 cases in Ireland. 

The GAA yesterday advised members that the reimposition of Level 5 restrictions in the Republic and similar measures in Northern Ireland meant that only individual training was allowed at the moment, that matches are forbidden and that GAA club grounds must remain closed.

Inter-county training and matches are considered 'elite sport' and permitted under Level 5 but the GAA had said training shouldn't recommence until 5 January, ahead of the start of the 2021 Allianz Leagues on the last weekend in February.

The association has now warned however that "given the current growth rates in virus transmission, this date is under review".

Dublin beat Mayo in the All-Ireland football final on 19 December, six days after Limerick triumphed over Waterford in the hurling decider.

Cavan and Tipperary were also in semi-final action last month. 

Meanwhile, Jonathan Lyne, who won an All-Ireland title with Kerry in 2014 has decided to end his inter-county career at the age of 30.

Lyne last played for the Kingdom in this year's Allianz Fooball League conclusion in October.

Injury concerns have forced ex-Roscommon star Donie Shine to hang up his boots aged 31.

The Clann na nGael man won two Connacht titles with the Rossies and last played with the county in 2016 but captained his club to a county title in 2018.