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My place is under threat - Whelan

posted Jun 22, 2011, 12:58 PM by Kevin Brassil

Ciarán Whelan has admitted there is no guarantee that he will be restored to the Dublin line-up after missing the Leinster opener.

Dublin manager Paul Caffrey will announce his starting XV for Sunday’s semi-final meeting with Westmeath on Tuesday night and the Raheny stalwart is worried that his absence may pave the way for a changing of the guard in the Dublin engine room.

Whelan missed the easy win over Louth at Croke Park, where Eamonn Fennell impressed on his Championship debut.

Bernard Brogan, Paul Flynn and Diarmuid Connolly are all back in the reckoning for Sunday and Whelan says the competition for places will be fierce in one of the strongest Dublin panels he has experienced in his ten years in the sky blue colours.

“It certainly is [a strong panel]. A lot of lads got game time during the year,” the Dublin midfielder told the Sun.

“We used a lot of players in the league and we’ve one or two fellas who have come through and performed really well.

“It will be an interesting summer because there is great competition for places and there has been a good intensity in training.

“I’m just looking to get back to Croke Park and to the good weather and everything that goes with it