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Dean Rock: Kerry clash comes a week too early for Dublin sharpshooter

Dean Rock: Kerry clash comes a week too early for Dublin sharpshooter

Dean Rock: Kerry clash comes a week too early for Dublin sharpshooter

Dean Rock is unlikely to feature for the second Sunday running when Dublin renew their epic Kerry rivalry in the unusual surrounds of Semple Stadium.

Dublin’s all-time leading scorer was a notable absentee as the six-in-a-row All-Ireland champions launched their Allianz FL Division 1 South campaign with an emphatic victory over Roscommon.

And stand-in manager Mick Galvin indicated that Rock won’t be risked in Thurles, although others could come back into contention.

“Dean picked up a little knock during the week, and we’re just minding fellas at this stage,” Galvin outlined.

“There’s a couple of guys we’d hope will be available next week. Jonny Cooper and Brian Howard are coming back. Dean – it will probably be a week too early for him, so we’ll assess what we have after this and we’ll make a call on them towards the end of the week.”

One of those calls will obviously entail who wears the No 1 jersey. Skipper Stephen Cluxton is among the senior players “still making his way back” while Evan Comerford, due to start in Roscommon, picked up an injury on Friday. As a result, Michael Shiel deputised for his first league start in goals.

Galvin stressed the importance of minding players as the new season accelerates over the coming weeks. “We’re just trying to do the right thing by the players and keep them fresh and ready,” he explained.

“Just talking to other counties there seems to be, I won’t say an epidemic level, but there seems to be a lot of teams picking up injuries. With the condensed nature of the season, you pick up something now and you’re out for six weeks and it could be very costly.”

He confirmed that manager Dessie Farrell retains “a big say” in team selection, albeit remotely, even as he serves out his 12-week suspension during the league.

“We talk on a regular basis and he’s never too far from our mind,” Galvin stressed. “Not ideal not having him around the place, but it’s a very strong player-driven group so we’re trying to cope with his absence as best we can.”

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