Macauley doubtful for Leinster final

Dublin are likely to field a changed midfield for their Leinster SFC final clash with Wexford next month.

Dublin are likely to field a changed midfield for their Leinster SFC final clash with Wexford next month.

Michael Darragh Macauley broke a finger during yesterday's narrow semi-final win over Kildare at Croke Park. Having received initial treatment, he was then replaced at half-time by Eamonn Fennell.

Manager Pat Gilroy said: "I think he broke his finger in two places. The bone has come out of the flesh. It was pretty bad, and there was no question of him continuing to play."

Macauley sustained the injury when contesting a Kildare kickout in first half injury-time. If he does not make the final, Fennell and Ross McConnell are now pushing for selection after overcoming hip injuries.

Former All-Star defender Barry Cahill could also slot into centre-field, having played there during the Allianz Football League and the quarter-final victory over Laois.

Meanwhile, Kildare boss Kieran McGeeney has concerns over defender Ollie Lyons who suffered a shoulder injury early in the second half of the game.

Lyons appeared to dislocate his right shoulder when contesting a high ball near the Kildare square in the 37th minute.

The Celbridge clubman, although picking up a yellow card, had managed to restrict the influence of Bernard Brogan in a man-marking role.

"The shoulder can go in and out. I thought he did a great job on Brogan. He kept him reasonably quiet, but his shoulder came out," explained McGeeney.

The Lilywhites will be back in action in two weeks' time, with Laois providing the opposition in the second round of the All-Ireland qualifiers.

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