Monday 18 February 2019

Defender ready to play role against Cats

DUBLIN have been handed the perfect tonic to their recent injury nightmare with news that Joey Boland is set to take some part in Sunday's Leinster SHC final with Kilkenny.

Management are happy that Boland is “progressing well” in his bid to make Sunday's grudge match with the Cats.

Although a decision on his involvement won't be made until Friday, it is expected that Boland will be involved in Dublin's second Leinster final in three years.

Another boost comes in the form of new recruit,Ryan O'Dwyer, who will be available for Dublin's next match, regardless of Sunday's result, after he picked up the minimum fourweek ban for his red card in the semi-final victory over Galway.

Boland hasn't played since injuring his shoulder against the same opposition in Dublin's league final triumph back on May 1.

Last week, manager Anthony Daly described Boland's chances of featuring as “50/50” but he has since taken part in an internal training match and showed no signs of any lingering problems.

If Boland is deemed fit to start, Daly faces a key decision over where exactly to play the Na Fianna man.

The cruciate ligament injury suffered by Tomás Brady in the semi-final defeat of Galway two weeks ago is certain to see Peter Kelly revert to full-back but Liam Rushe's Man of the Match performance at centre-back when switched means he is tipped to retain that particular posting.

Prior to his injury, Boland was one of Dublin's standout performers for the season but has played all of his hurling in the number six jersey.

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