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Monday 11 December 2017

Young gun Rushe returns to Dublin's injury list

LIAM RUSHE is a fresh doubt for Dublin's opening Allianz League Division 1 trip to Galway this Sunday after having the protective cast on his hand injury put back on.

The Young Hurler of the Year suffered a broken bone in his hand late last year in a club match but played a full hour for UCD last Tuesday against WIT in the Fitzgibbon Cup.

However, the Palmerstown man was advised by medics to have his cast put back on after suffering an adverse reaction following the match and is now a serious doubt, both for Dublin's spring opener in Salthill and UCD's Fitzgibbon Cup quarter-final with UCC on Wednesday.

Rushe had been set to feature for Leinster in the M Donnelly Inteprovincial semi-final against Munster in Nowlan Park yesterday but withdrew due to the injury as Joe Dooley's team - featuring 11 of the starting Kilkenny team from last year's All-Ireland final - won by 3-14 to 1-16.

His Dublin team-mates, Gary Maguire and Ryan O'Dwyer did feature, however, as early goals from Michael Fennelly, Joe Bergin and Richie Power put Leinster into a lead they never relinquished.

They now play Connacht on March 4 in the final while Munster and Leinster will contest the football decider next Sunday.

DENIS BASTICK made his 2012 return to action for Templeogue/Synge Street yesterday as a half-time substitute in their St Vincent De Paul Cup victory over Na Fianna at Mobhi Rd yesterday.

The All-Ireland winning midfielder took a break from inter-county action in January to tend to several injuries accumulated throughout the course of last season and played no part in the O'Byrne Cup or Dublin's League to date.

However, Barry Cahill did suffer a setback last week as he plots a path back into the Dublin squad after the versatile St Brigid's man injured his hand in action with the club last week.

Meanwhile, Coláiste Eoin bowed out of the Leinster Colleges Senior Hurling 'A' championship at the semi-final stage when they lost to Kilkenny powerhouses, St Kieran's, in Dr Cullen Park by 0-15 to 1-8.

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