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Published: 11:13 | 3/8/16

McCarthy available for Dublin

James McCarthy is available for Dublin's All-Ireland SFC quarter-final against Donegal on Sunday.

McCarthy missed Dublin's Leinster final victory over Westmeath as a result of the thigh and knee injury he sustained in training.

At the time it was feared that the Ballymun Kickhams clubman was facing up to six weeks on the sidelines, but he has returned to training and will be available for selection this week.

“James is back on the training field and available for selection,” Dublin manager Jim Gavin told reporters on Wednesday.

“Mentally he is a very strong guy. He got a knock to the quad and the knee, the quad is the big one.

“He is an extra bit ahead in his goals so we are just delighted to have him back on grass last week, which is great news."

With Rory O’Carroll and James McCaffrey out for the season, McCarthy is likely to return to the starting line-up at the weekend but Gavin has stressed he will only select him if he is given the all clear by the medical team.

“I think for any player coming back for that first game there is that threat but he is being managed well," McCarthy said.

"Once the player feels he is good to go and the medical team agrees with that consensus that’s what I take. We never put any player under any pressure to get back. It is always the medical team’s choice and the player’s choice once they feel they are 100 percent.”

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