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Saturday 23 September 2017

O'Carroll's injury hex strikes again

ROSS O'CARROLL'S injury curse has struck again after the Kilmacud Crokes man suffered a broken thumb during a challenge match for the Dublin hurlers on Saturday afternoon.

O'Carroll, who returned to the hurlers' camp late last year after a two-season sojourn with the footballers, was injured as Dublin beat All-Ireland club hopefuls, Gort, (6-18 to 1-16) at St Mobhi Road.

The injury is expected to keep the luckless O'Carroll, who had been doing well at full-forward against the Galway champions, out of contention for four to six weeks, thus ruling him out of Dublin's forthcoming Walsh Cup campaign and may yet affect his participation in Dublins's first Allianz League Division 1A clash with Galway (away) on February 26.

There was, however, an appearance from David Treacy who is being eased back into action after a winter spent recovering from a chronic hamstring problem. Dublin under-21 of last year, Eamon Dillon, top-scored with 3-3 while Danny Sutcliffe impressed.

In addition, there are doubts over the fitness of 2009 All Star, Alan McCrabbe."He has an ongoing hip injury but at the moment he is not out running," explained Anthony Daly. "He is on a specific programme to have him at his best in May, June and July. No point in having him out doing 40-metre runs in fields at the moment, he is just not able for that."

Dublin are already without injured trio, Conal Keaney, Tomás Brady and Stephen Hiney - all of whom are battling back from cruciate injuries.

DUBLIN NORTH defeated Dublin South 1-19 to 3-11 in their Leinster Colleges SHC 'A' preliminary quarter-final at Parnell Park yesterday with Dublin dual minor of last year and Aussie Rules propect, Ciarán Kilkenny, excelling for the winners.

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