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Dubs hope for quick comeback


INJURY: Shane Barrett. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

INJURY: Shane Barrett. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile


INJURY: Shane Barrett. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Dublin hope to have Shane Barrett back for their HL Division 1 quarter-final fixture on St Patrick's weekend despite the Na Fianna player being hospitalised last Sunday.

Barrett was taken off in the closing stages of Sunday's victory over Laois nursing a bang to his upper back/neck area and was later taken to Beaumount Hospital as a precaution.

Mattie Kenny had used all of his five permitted substitutes at that stage meaning Dublin finished the game with just 14 players on the pitch.


The match also featured a return to action for Cian Boland, who suffered a serious hamstring injury on January 6 in O'Moore Park when Dublin beat the same opposition in the Walsh Cup.

Boland, who has struggled with a spate of injuries since making his senior debut under Ger Cunningham, scored a point with his first touch on Sunday.

"He was anxious to get back into the reckoning," Kenny explained.

"The last couple of weeks he got back into training and we're gradually bringing him up through the gears.

"We made a decision during the week that we'd try to get 20 minutes into his legs.

"We always say our aim is to get as close to a clean bill of health in our squad as we possibly can.

"We're gradually, one by one, getting them back and building our squad and building our options.

"To have Cian back there and to get that 20 or 25 minutes into him is a huge positive," Kenny added.