Eagle-Eyed Viewers Note Con O'Callaghan's Absence From Training Video

Eagle-Eyed Viewers Note Con O'Callaghan's Absence From Training Video
By Luke Delaney

DubsTV have released a training video of the Dublin football team training ahead of Sunday's All-Ireland SFC semifinal against Kerry. There's been much speculation in the past few days on whether talisman and full forward Con O'Callaghan would be fit to play against the Kingdom and now that the video has been released, it appears as though the Cuala man won't feature.

James McCarthy was seen in the training video much to the delight of Dublin football fans, after he missed out on his side's win over Cork in the quarterfinal.

The Irish Daily Star reported earlier in the week that three-time All-Star O'Callaghan has a hairline fracture and is a major doubt for the semifinal clash.

O'Callaghan scored 2-13 in Dublin's Leinster SFC campaign and has a track record of causing Kerry serious problems in game's against the Kingdom in recent years.

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Dublin football fans reaction to the training video

Fans carefully scanned the video looking for any sort of involvement from Con O'Callaghan, but the 26-year-old doesn't seem to have taken part in any of the drills.

Dessie Farrell and has backroom staff don't seem to be too concerned with releasing the video ahead of their biggest game of the season. In years gone by, there has been some controversy involving teams spying on their opponents in the build up to big games.

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Back in 2014, Donegal were caught spying on the Kerry team ahead of their All-Ireland semifinal against the Kingdom.

After members of the Kerry backroom team heard rustling and branches breaking from the top of a tree overlooking one of the training pitches, they confronted the spy who managed to run off and escape the backlash from the coaching staff. That was until he dropped a card while fleeing the pitch, revealing his identity to the Kerry coaching team.

The man was a resident in Killarney but was originally from Donegal and the origins of how he was approached to spy on the Kerry team was never released.

It wasn't the first time that Kerry had found themselves having to investigate possible spying allegations and in 2008, a spectator filmed one of their training sessions on a camcorder.

Back in 2003, allegations were made that Páidí Ó'Sé's Kerry team were filmed ahead of their All-Ireland SFC semifinal game against Tyrone.

SEE ALSO: Dublin v Kerry: Everything You Need To Know Ahead Of Colossal Semi-Final

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