Bernard Brogan was initially named in the Dublin team to face Donegal in Croke Park on Saturday evening, but shortly before the Allianz Football League Division 1 clash, it was announced that the star forward would not actually play a role, either as a starter or a substitute.
Brogan was replaced on the team-sheet by St. Brigid’s club man Paddy Andrews.
A report published this morning suggests that the reason for Brogan’s withdrawal was something far more serious than a mere twinge suffered during the warm-up. According to The Herald, Brogan damaged his cruciate ligament in training last week and his future now looks uncertain.
If surgery is required to mend the damage, Brogan’s season will be over and it could be 2019 before he is back in action. With the Dublin stalwart and former Footballer of the Year set to turn 34 in just a couple of months time, his inter-county career might even be in jeopardy.
Dublin saw off Donegal by a scoreline of 0-20 to 0-15 on Saturday to keep their perfect league record for the season intact. Jim Gavin’s side sits top of Division 1 after three games, level on points with Galway but with a better scoring difference.