Saturday 16 December 2017

Kelly KO adds to Daly headaches

DUBLIN are sweating on the fitness of yet another of their frontliners, with full-back Peter Kelly the latest man to suffer an injury.

Kelly picked up a minor knee injury in a challenge match against Limerick and could yet miss Dublin's Allianz Hurling League Division 1A opener with Galway in Salthill on February 26, further reducing Anthony Daly's already dwindling defensive options.

Kelly played no part in DIT's Walsh Shield final defeat by Offaly at the weekend or their semi-final win over Carlow a week previous and is rated 50/50 to be fit enough to play against Galway although management has reservations over his lack of hurling in training since the New Year.

Paul Schutte and Liam Rushe are in a similar boat as they continue their recoveries from a torn hamstring and broken hand respectively.

Ross O'Carroll looks set to miss out completely after breaking a finger in a challenge match against Gort two weeks ago.

In addition, Simon Lambert and Shane Durkin have battled minor injuries in recent weeks but should he OK to face the Tribesmen while management must decide how much game time to give to Alan McCrabbe, who is still nursing a nuisance hip injury.

The good news, however, is that David Treacy is back to full fitness and completed two 70-minute matches in successive weekends for DIT although Daly insisted that Dublin would not "overburden" the Cuala forward with work to make sure there is no further relapse.

Management are already resigned to being without cruciate trio Conal Keaney, Tomás Brady and Stephen Hiney for the entirety of the league.

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