THE Dublin hurlers' infamous cruciate curse could finally be lifting after David Treacy was diagnosed as having suffered nothing more than light damage to a knee he injured in training last week.
The luckless Cuala forward, who has spent a large part of the past three seasons on the sidelines with chronic hamstring and cruciate ligament injuries, suffered yet another blow to his knee, leaving Anthony Daly and his management fearing the player had suffered another serious injury.
However, further inspection revealed Treacy had merely jarred the joint and he is expected back in full training within the next month.
In the past two seasons, Treacy has joined an unwanted group of Dublin hurlers who have undergone surgery to repair damaged knee ligaments including, famously, 'The Three Cruciates' - Conal Keaney, Tomás Brady and Stephen Hiney.
Na Fianna's Martin Quilty also fell to the injury last season at a time when he was making serious claims on a championship starting spot, but is believed to be making strong progress in his bid to regain full fitness. Shane Stapleton - who has since been let go from the squad by Daly - also did his cruciate, while Paul Schutte missed most of last year's action due to an injury to the same ligament.
Treacy is expected to sit out Dublin's Walsh Cup campaign, which begins against Laois or UCD on January 27, while David 'Dotsy' O'Callaghan is another likely to miss out after missing some of the January pre-season training due to a chest infection.
Of more long-term significance, both Ryan O'Dwyer and Stephen Hiney will be absent for the opening stages of Dublin's Allianz Hurling League 1B programme after they underwent shoulder and ankle surgeries respectively.
Dublin played out a draw in a challenge match last weekend against Davy Fitzgerald's Clare (0-15 to 2-9) in the Banner County.