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Saturday 16 December 2017

Dubs' injury curse strikes again as Rushe and Kelly ruled out

DUBLIN hurlers’ already-shaky defence of their Allianz League crown has been dealt a hammer blow with news that Liam Rushe is facing a month on the sidelines.

The 2011 Young Hurler of the Year was forced off with a hip injury during Dublin’s Division 1A opener in Galway, and the projected four-week lay-off would rule him out for their next three outings at home to Cork (March 11), away to Kilkenny (March 18) and at home to Tipperary (March 24).

Rushe had only just returned to action from a broken hand, but manager Anthony Daly confirmed afterwards that his failure to resurface for the second half was due to a hip injury. And, compounding Dublin’s dismay at their seven-point Salthill defeat, full-back Peter Kelly could be out for up to three weeks with a knee injury recurrence.

GALWAY’S perennial talisman, Pádraic Joyce, has resumed full training with the county squad – but he’s unlikely to feature against Westmeath in Mullingar this Sunday.

ST BENILDUS College captured back-to-back Dublin Schools SF ‘A’ titles following a Lazarus-style comeback in yesterday’s decider against Salesian of Celbridge. Three goals in the dying minutes from substitute Paul Connolly, midfielder David Byrne and Connolly again from the spot sealed a remarkable 3-9 to 2-11 victory.

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