Forde, who missed last year’s championship because of a serious back injury, gave the Slaneysiders a major boost when he returned to training last month.
But the talismanic attacker feels that the showdown against the Dubs has come a little too early for him to figure in the selection frame for the Croke Park tie.
“I came back training after the end of the league but it’s about a year and a half since I’ve done any serious training. So I’d be a long way behind the rest of the lads in terms of fitness and football sharpness.
“The match against Dublin is less than four weeks away, and so I don’t feel that I will have enough training under my belt to play a part in it.”
Understandably, Forde feels that the task facing Jason Ryan’s troops is of a very intimidating nature.
“It’s the toughest draw we could have got. When we played them in the 2008 Leinster final, they beat us by a cricket score. They were unlucky not to be in the Division 1 final. But like Dublin in Division 1, we were very unlucky not to make the Division 3 final.”