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Wednesday 26 June 2019

Kenny without Treacy and Boland for Galway

Injured: Dublin’s Cian Boland in action last Sunday. Pic: Sportsfile
Injured: Dublin’s Cian Boland in action last Sunday. Pic: Sportsfile

David Treacy is aiming to be fit for the start of Dublin's Division 1B campaign against Carlow in Parnell Park on Saturday, January 26 but is unlikely to play any part on Sunday against Galway in Parnell Park.

Treacy pulled up with a hamstring strain in the first-half of Dublin's pre-Christmas Walsh Cup victory over Offaly, a worrying development given his history of such injuries.

"It's funny. Because usually my right side was the affected side in the past, back in 2011, '12, '13 - I had a lot of serious issues with that," he explained.

"This is left side. So kind of now, it's a case of managing. I know my own body at this stage, the difference between tightness that's going to pull and tightness that you can play through.

"It was just a little knick. But this time of year, it's about making sure I get it right. And while Mattie (Kenny) is looking at a whole host of players, there's no point in rushing back.

"Because I don't want to be pulling up in the middle of the league when I'm week-in week-out. It's more of a precautionary thing now at the minute."

He is thereafter unlikely to play against Galway in Parnell Park on Sunday (2.0) in Dublin's Walsh Cup semi-final for a game Kenny revealed he would rotate his selection considerably.

Suffered

Another man who won't tog out against Galway is Cian Boland, who limped out of last Sunday's two-point victory over Laois in the last of Dublin's group games after he also suffered what appeared to be a hamstring injury.

Speaking afterwards, Kenny was unsure as to the extent of the injury but like Treacy, Boland has had significant injury problems in the recent past, undergoing an operation to solve an ongoing patellar tendonitis - an inflammation of the tendon that joins the kneecap to the shin bone - in October of 2017.

So far, Kenny has used 33 players in three Walsh Cup games although there is a number of last year's championship team who have yet to see action.

Conal Keaney is out for what Kenny estimated to be "eight to 10 weeks" after undergoing an operation on his shoulder in late December while club-mate Paul Ryan only rejoined the panel at the start of January, along with the rest of Kenny's Ballyboden St Enda's contingent.

Defender Paddy Smyth is currently recovering from a hamstring injury while Danny Sutcliffe has also yet to make an appearance.

Mark Schutte and Darragh O'Connell - both of whom have returned to the setup this year - are also currently out injured while Seán Treacy, another Cuala returnee, was pulled from the starting 15 to play Laois last Sunday in Portlaoise at the last minute.

It is unlikely however, that Paul Schutte will resume playing in the short-term.

Schutte, who captained Cuala to their second All-Ireland win back in March, played against Na Piarsaigh with a badly damaged hamstring, an injury he succumbed to in Portlaoise in the replay.

"If Paul could he would," David Treacy explained.

"And in fairness to Paul, he's so diligent. He's had so many injuries. Broken fingers, dislocated shoulders, cruciates … like he did his cruciate at 15, who does a cruciate at 15?

"And then a full rupture of his hamstring (this year).

"So if Paul can, he would. But again, I can only imagine how hard it would be for him to do that rehab the whole time.

"I've only done it for hamstrings and one cruciate," Treacy added.

"It's very tough.

"He'll be missed but hopefully he might be back for Cuala once he has everything back in order and he's back running," concluded Treacy.

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