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Dublin may face summer without Michael Darragh Macauley

Mayo's Cillian O'Connor and Michael Darragh Macauley in last year's All-Ireland final
Mayo's Cillian O'Connor and Michael Darragh Macauley in last year's All-Ireland final

Former footballer of the year Michael Darragh Macauley has picked up an injury that could rule him out of Dublin's bid for three-in-a-row.

Macauley has been nursing a foot problem since the conclusion of Dublin’s League campaign.

He played for Ballyboden St. Enda’s in their Dublin SFC first round clash with St Oliver Plunkett’s/ER but was substituted before the end of their second straight first round exit since winning the 2015 club All-Ireland.

Despite wearing a protective boot, Macauley’s injury displayed no signs of healing and has since undergone a fresh scan to further examine the damage.

Subsequently, a more serious problem was detected and Macauley and Dublin management are now considering how best to proceed.

Surgery, if required further down the road, would rule Macauley out for the rest of Dublin’s season.