Brennan boost for Dublin

Team captain Philip Brennan passed a fitness test last night to take his place in the Dublin side for tomorrow's All-Ireland SHC qualifier against Tipperary (Parnell Park, throw-in 3pm).

Team captain Philip Brennan passed a fitness test last night to take his place in the Dublin side for tomorrow's All-Ireland SHC qualifier against Tipperary (Parnell Park, throw-in 3pm).

A hamstring injury kept Brennan out of last weekend's qualifier defeat to Cork but the O'Tooles clubman is set to return tomorrow afternoon for what is a must-win match for the Metropolitans.

Wing back Derek O'Reilly has unfortunately failed to shake off his hamstring injury and will be sidelined once again.

In all, Dubs boss Tommy Naughton has made three changes in personnel for the Tipp game with Brennan, Alan McCrabbe and Keith Dunne all being promoted to the starting line-up.

Brennan's return at right corner back sees Ger O'Meara lose out, Tomas Brady moves from wing back to left corner back, while Kevin Ryan is now positioned at left half-back.

The Dubs will field a youthful midfield partnership with McCrabbe combining with his fellow Under-21 panellist Joey Boland.

In attack, Dunne, who was used as a substitute against Cork, will line out at left half-forward in a new-look line.

Declan Qualter moves from midfield to play centre-forward with Liam Ryan losing his place, while on the inside line free-taker David Curtin has been named at full-forward, moving from wing-forward, as Padraig O'Driscoll is ruled out due to the elbow injury he picked up against the Rebels.

DUBLIN (SHC v Tipperary) - G Maguire; P Brennan (capt), S Hiney, T Brady; M Carton, R Fallon, K Ryan; J Boland, A McCrabbe; R O'Carroll, D Qualter, K Dunne; J Kelly, D Curtin, K Flynn.

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