Jim Gavin's update on Cian O'Sullivan's hamstring injury was resoundingly positive last Thursday. The Dubs were 'very positive' that one of the key components of their defensive structure would be fit and raring to go against Kerry on Sunday.
However, it now appears that O'Sullivan's injury is not clearing up as quickly as had been hoped. This weekend, Ray Cosgrove cast some doubts over the Kilmacud man's ability to recover in time saying that things were 'touch and go'.
A report in today's Irish Independent has furthered that doubt with suggestions that Jim Gavin is, understandably, putting plans in place should O'Sullivan fail to make it in time. The centre half back has been integral to Dublin's solid defence this year and, in keeping that structure, it may be thought that John Small would be the most obvious replacement.
Yet it seems Gavin will instead turn to Mick Fitzsimons to shore up his defence with either Jonny Cooper or Philly McMahon moving into the middle of the half back line. The Dubs manager will certainly have faith in that line-up should it get to that point but that doesn't mean any liberties will be taken with O'Sullivan's treatment.
Dublin's strength in depth may be impressive but losing the Kilmacud man would still be a blow. However, it seems the Dubs will be doing everything possible to get O'Sullivan on the field. Cosgrave has revealed that the 27 year old has even had an 'ice machine' installed in his house to help ensure he's fit and ready for the football's showpiece event on Sunday.