Monday 24 September 2018

Injured trio set to return for Dubs

Peter Kelly
Peter Kelly

GER CUNNINGHAM is optimistic that the injured trio of players who missed Saturday evening's win in Thurles would be back for the All-Ireland quarter-final on Sunday week

Peter Kelly has missed Dublin's last three Championship matches with a hamstring injury suffered in their draw against Galway but the two-week break between the Limerick victory and the clash with Waterford (Saturday week in Semple Stadium) should, Cunningham surmised, provide sufficient time for his co-captain to recuperate.

Cian O'Callaghan, though named in the starting team, missed out with a virus while Niall McMorrow also resumed training last week following a hand injury that has seen him miss all of Dublin's Championship matches so far.

"It was nearly a vote of confidence for the team that played last week against Laois and I think we had to go with a settled team," Cunningham explained.

"And hopefully now, Peter Kelly, Niall McMorrow and Cian will be back in contention for the next day."

The Cork man wouldn't, however, be drawn on the subject of Michael Carton, who left the squad early last week.

Whilst acknowledging that the preamble to the Limerick match had been "a tough week", Cunningham stated: "I'm only just going to comment on the guys inside in the dressing-room. There's 25 fellas inside who absolutely gave everything for Dublin. And I'm just delighted for them."


All-Ireland SFC Round 3B

Tipperary v Tyrone, Semple Stadium, Thurles, 3pm (Live on Sky Sports)

Galway v Derry, Pearse Stadium, Salthill, 5pm (Live on Sky Sports)


All-Ireland SFC Round 4A

Fermanagh v Westmeath, Kingpsan Breffni Park, 5pm (Live on Sky Sports)

Kildare v Cork/Kerry, TBC, TBC (Live on Sky Sports)


All-Ireland MHC Quarter-Final

Antrim v Dublin, Kingspan Breffni Park, 3pm


All-Ireland SHC Quarter-Finals

Dublin v Waterford, Semple Stadium, Thurles, 2pm (Live on RTÉ)

Galway v Cork, Semple Stadium, Thurles, 4pm (Live on RTÉ)

All-Ireland MHC Quarter-Final

Limerick v Galway, Semple Stadium, Thurles, 12pm

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