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Massive blow for Dublin as James McCarthy reportedly suffers knee ligament damage

The wing-back could miss up to six weeks after landing awkwardly on his knee at training last week.

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JIM GAVIN COULD be set to lose another key defender with the news that James McCarthy might not play again unless Dublin reach an All-Ireland final.

The 26-year-old was absent from the Dublin squad for their Leinster final win over Westmeath on Sunday, but now it appears his season is in jeopardy.

The Irish Mirror is reporting that McCarthy suffered medial ligament damage after landing awkwardly in training. Despite initial fears that he suffered a cruciate injury, a scan confirmed damage to his medial ligament, which would rule him out for four to six weeks.

Dublin play the All-Ireland quarter-final on August 6, a game that McCarthy is now certain to miss. He’ll face a race against time to make it for the last four game, should they progress that far, with a potential All-Ireland final the more realistic return date.

After Dublin lifted the Delaney Cup for a 55th time on Sunday, Jim Gavin said the wing-back sat it out due to a “contact injury on his quad.”

“We could have pushed him but it was five days and,” Gavin continued, “with the new rules, you have to put your team in earlier than what it used to be. So that kind of forced our hand on that one.”

Dublin’s 2015 All-Ireland winning backline has been ripped apart with the withdrawals of Jack McCaffrey and Rory O’Carroll from the panel.

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