By Peter Lennon
Alan Brogan is in danger of missing Dublin’s All-Ireland SFC semi-final showdown against Mayo on Sunday week. His younger brother and teammate Bernard has revealed that Alan is ‘struggling’ to overcome fitness concerns that have troubled him this summer with an on-going groin strain causing the current Footballer of the Year problems.
Dublin management are monitoring the situation closely and will make a decision on his fitness over the next ten days. It would be a huge blow to lose someone of Alan’s talents for such a crunch match. But brother Bernard believes that the squad has sufficient strength in depth.
“Alan is struggling to be fit but I guess that is why it is crucial to have a panel,” Bernard reveals in his blog for the Vodafone Dub Hub.
“There are lots of lads showing good form in training.”
Without their playmaker, Dublin were uninspiring and failed to convert a number of chances in the win over Laois and Bernard recognises now that he and the rest of his forward colleagues “did not get the finishes we would expect,” adding, “but creating chances is always a good sign.”
Mayo have been impressive in their three Championship matches so far, winning by an average of 12 points and Brogan believes that Mayo have “done everything that has been asked of them this year and have moved up the gears impressively.
“The manner in which they carved Down apart in their quarter final was reminiscent of the job we did on Tyrone last year and served notice that the Connacht champions mean business.”