Ger Brennan looks set to be an absentee from Dublin’s team to face Armagh at the Athletic Grounds on Saturday night.
Brennan picked up an ankle injury late in the O’Byrne Shield final against Meath last weekend and left Parnell Park on crutches.
The defender had a scan on his ankle yesterday and, while manager Pat Gilroy hopes the damage is not as bad as originally thought, Brennan remains a doubt for Saturday’s game.
If the St Vincent’s man is unable to line out against Armagh, it puts further pressure on Dublin’s resources, which are already stretched to the limit by injury, college fixtures and the continued absence of the Kilmacud Crokes players.
“We’re without a fair few players,”said Gilroy. “That’s the reality of it. The likes of Ross (McConnell), Eamon Fennell and a good few other guys are coming back and they’re just starting to get into training. We couldn’t cull the panel, even if we wanted to. That group which played against Meath is our 26 right now.”