Killeen blow for Jackies
Dublin's bid for three TG4 All-Ireland senior titles in a row has received a setback with former Irish soccer international Siobhan Killeen ruled out for six months because of injury, while three-time All-Ireland winner Sinead Finnegan is no longer part of the Dublin panel.
Both of last year's TG4 All-Ireland senior finalists Cork and Dublin are struggling with key injuries ahead of this weekend's All-Ireland stages, with Cork's Niamh Cotter and Dublin captain Sinead Aherne joining Killeen on the sidelines
Cork midfielder Cotter suffered a broken bone in her hand earlier this week, while Aherne only lasted eight minutes of Dublin's successful Leinster final due to a 'partial dislocation' of her shoulder.
Experienced Finnegan is a big loss for Mick Bohan's side, as she is 'on a sabbatical', while the Dublin manager says Killeen's attacking talents will be sorely missed.
"She Killeen has ripped the hamstring off the bone in a completely innocuous situation in training where she just turned a particular way. From start to finish it is a six-month injury," said Bohan.
"She is still in a brace but still around the squad and she has been fantastic and she has been a huge contributor in so many ways, particular with the kids.
"That's one of the reasons why we kept her, we just felt she was so positive there."