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Sunday 20 August 2017

Joey Boland may miss rest of League with finger injury

Dublin's Joey Boland
Dublin's Joey Boland

JOEY Boland will miss Saturday's trip to Ennis as Dublin take on Clare in Division 1A of the hurling League (3.0).

The experienced Na Fianna man has yet to make an appearance in this year's campaign, having damaged a finger three weeks ago.

"Joe Boland is still out with a finger injury, he chipped a bone in his finger," Dublin manager, Ger Cunningham explained.

"He has three weeks down now so hopefully he will back in two weeks. It was a four to six week injury."

Cunningham's prediction would see Boland also miss Dublin's final match against Galway in Parnell Park on Sunday, March 22, though he may be available again a week later, when they play in either a relegation play-off or the League quarter-finals.

Gary Maguire, who similarly, has yet to feature in this year's league with a finger injury, is the only other established member of Cunningham's squad ruled out for Saturday.

The news is better, however, on Ross O'Carroll.

The Kilmacud Crokes man was subbed early in Dublin's win over Tipperary, prompting immediate fears of a re-emergence of the osteitis pubis injury which forced him to leave the panel last year but Cunningham clarified that O'Carroll, who was an unused sub against Cork last Saturday night in Croke Park, merely suffered bruising from impact.

"No he's fine, that was just a bang, bruising on the hip bone and it took 10 days to recover," explained the Cork native.

"He was fine and was available the last day."

Cunningham added that he may leave a decision on which player will captain Dublin this summer until after the conclusion of their league campaign.

"We're getting to know different players within the group as to what makes them tick. Who has good leadership material.

"We have given as many fellas as we can to put their hands up and say they would like to be captain."

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