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Jim Gavin still doesn't know when he'll have his Allstar centre-back playing again

Ger Brennan has been ruled out of Sunday week’s Leinster semi-final against Kildare.

Brennan hasn't played for Dublin in championship football since 2013.
Brennan hasn't played for Dublin in championship football since 2013.
Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

HE HASN’T PLAYED championship football for Dublin since 2013, and Ger Brennan won’t change that statistic in 12 days time against Kildare either.

Having sat out all of last year’s championship with an Achilles injury, he had surgery last March to repair the damage done to his ankle, but he has still been unable to feature for the Dubs.

But boss Jim Gavin is hopeful he should be back in contention shortly.

“He should be back soon, very soon. I would be hesitant to put an exact date on the calendar but he’s been working with the medical team and now he’s over with the athletics team so he’s very close now. Please God we’ll see him back soon,” he said.

Brennan was an integral part of the St Vincent’s team that captured the Leinster title in 2014 before being dumped out of the All-Ireland series by Corofin. Gavin was impressed with him, and says he has kept in good shape since his last game in February.

“He would have played Vincent’s last game back in February so that was his last time on the park. He’s kept himself in good physical condition, done a lot of work in the gym, and his body composition is excellent. He’s a very experienced player who brings a lot to the team and his influence off it has been outstanding as well. We’d like to see him back on the park,” he said.

Ger Brennan lifts the cup Brennan captained St Vincents to the All-Ireland club title in 2014. Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

While Gavin is allowing Brennan all the time he needs to recover properly, he would like to be able to field the strongest team possible.

“It has been [frustrating], obviously as a manager you want your best players on the park and a personal level it’s been a long road for Ger but he’s a very determined man and he wants to get back in the blue jersey and is putting in a big fight for it, we’ll support him as best we can. Hopefully it will work out.

“It’s going in the right direction, we’ve had a conservative approach to give him the best chance, so it’s solid and won’t break down for him.”

Gavin is pleased however that he has such a wealth of talent at his disposal who can come into the side and cover for any position.

“We’ve got a very determined squad and bunch of men and a lot of them are adaptable and can play in different positions. But you want your experienced players at this part of the season and hopefully he’ll be back soon.”

While Brennan will certainly miss the Kildare game, Rory O’Carroll and Cian O’Sullivan should be available on Sunday week. They both missed the facile 27-point victory over Longford in the Leinster quarter-final.

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