Wednesday 29 January 2020

Schutte a doubt for Cuala decider

Cuala’s Paul Schutte
Cuala’s Paul Schutte

Paul Schutte and John Sheanon are Cuala's main injury doubts ahead of the Dublin SHC final against St Brigid's on November 20 in Parnell Park.

Like Sheanon, Schutte - who captained the Dalkey club to the second of their back-to-back All-Ireland titles in 2018 - played no part in Sunday's semi-final victory over St Vincent's.

He did, however, line out in their previous two games and manager Willie Maher was keen to stress it was not a recurrence of the hamstring injury Schutte has battled over the past two years that kept him out last Sunday.

"It's a different injury," Maher clarified. "But at the same time, Paul has come through so much. He's an absolute warrior for us. We'll assess it in the next while and see if he's fit to play."

Schutte tore his hamstring off the bone for the first time in Cuala's Leinster final defeat of Kilcormac/Killoughey on December 3, 2017 and missed the All-Ireland semi-final victory over Liam Mellows in February.

He played in their epic All-Ireland final with Na Piarsiagh but suffered the same injury and had to be substituted in the replay.

That kept him out of competitive hurling for a year but he has returned to become an influential member of the Cuala defence in recent months.

Maher meanwhile, was effusive in his praise for Con O'Callaghan after another fine display on Sunday in which the Footballer of the Year nominee hit 0-5 from play.

"He's just a super guy," the former Tipperary minor and Under 21 manager stressed. "He's just that level of athlete and player."

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