Sunday 21 January 2018

Joey Boland on the brink of return for the Dubs

Dublin's Joey Boland
Dublin's Joey Boland

DUBLIN’S extended interest in this year’s hurling League could yet grant Joey Boland (above) competitive game time before the commencement of this summer’s Leinster SHC.

Boland, a regular in the Anthony Daly era, has been out since the end of the Walsh Cup after chipping a bone in his finger.

The versatile Na Fianna physiotherapist was given a six-week lay-off time, five of which have now passed and he may yet play some part in Dublin’s League bid were they successful against Limerick in Croke Park on Saturday evening (quarter-final).

A Dublin victory would set up a semi-final against either Cork or Wexford on April 19th, granting three weeks rest to the victors and recovery time for injuries.

Michael Carton, who damaged ankle ligaments against Clare in Ennis, is out for Saturday but may also be back in time for a potential semi-final should Dubin advance.

Gary Maguire, meanwhile, has yet to play in this year’s League due to a finger injury, though he was Dublin’s reserve goalkeeper last Sunday during their victory over Galway.

He now faces a battle with 2014 All Star nominee Alan Nolan - who made a string of important saves against Galway in Parnell Park - for the Dublin number one jersey.

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