Cuala colt Treacy set to return for Blues by end of league
DUBLIN boss Anthony Daly believes that star forward David Treacy will be back hurling before the end of the Allianz League.
The Cuala clubman tore his cruciate ligament last August but Daly has now revealed that he "isn't a mile off" making his comeback.
"He's back doing straight running and stuff, so we'd be hoping late March Treacy would be back," he said after Dublin drew their opening NHL outing in Waterford yesterday.
More immediately, Ryan O'Dwyer won't to be fit to face his native Tipperary in Croke Park next Saturday but could be back for Dublin's third outing in Offaly.
"He has damaged cartilage in his shoulder. He should really have surgery. Tomás (Brady) is in the same boat with a shoulder, but it's one of these ones you can continue on with alright," Daly explained.
"He's not going for surgery anyway because he'd be out for four months -- it would be a waste of time. So he's going to soldier on now. Like, he's tough, that fella ... he'll be mad to play next week! But we'll try and mind him from himself for a bit."
Maurice O'Brien, meanwhile, has "a chance" of featuring against Tipp. The Limerick native had been advised that if he played yesterday, he could have further damaged his ankle and would "definitely be gone" next weekend.
Daly was without 11 of his squad in Waterford but his counterpart, ex-Clare team-mate Davy Fitzgerald, claims the Déise were even worse off.
"We have 13 lads probably out that played championship last year," he declared. "I know Anthony said I was playing mind games during the week; I got asked the question and I answered the question how many was there. There's no mind games."
Dublin's clash with Tipperary this Saturday night will be screened live on Setanta Ireland (5.15) the game forms the first part of the attractive double-header with Dublin's footballers facing All-Ireland champions, Cork, on the same billing.