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Wednesday 16 October 2019

O'Connell worry for Kenny

O'Connell has been a key part of the Dublin defence under Kenny. Pic: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
O'Connell has been a key part of the Dublin defence under Kenny. Pic: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Darragh O'Connell is Dublin's latest injury concern after a late withdrawal from the team that played Wexford in Parnell Park on Sunday.

The Cuala man had been selected to start but his place indirectly went to Cian Boland, with Tomás Connolly dropping back into defence.

O'Connell has been a key part of the Dublin defence under Kenny.

Despite forging his name as a midfielder, O'Connell has regularly been deployed as man-marker by Kenny and given the brief of tracking the opposition's paciest forward.

Already, Kenny is without O'Connell's clubmate, Cian O'Callaghan in defence while Mark Schutte, Fiontan Mac Gib, John Hetherton and Paul Winters are also out for the foreseeable future.

The squad has two weeks to prepare for a trip to Carlow that has relegation connotations for both teams.

"There will be a crunch game here in Netwatch Park because Dublin have (one) point and it's going to be a ding-dong," predicted Carlow manager Colm Bonnar.

Nervous

"Dublin will probably be disappointed with the momentum they have coming in from a league semi-final defeat and a loss to Kilkenny.

"They will be nervous coming down and we do need to set our stall out earlier when we are on our home patch.

"We need to be hard to beat."

Meanwhile, Brian Cody played down the injury that forced Walter Walsh off at half-time in Sunday's 14-point victory over Carlow.

Walsh, Colin Fennelly and Alan Murphy all succumbed to injuries although the Cats have three weeks until their next match against Galway in Nowlan Park.

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