As Anthony Daly sweats on the fitness of Liam Rushe ahead of the weekend’s must-win clash against Cork, the Clare man tried tofocus on the positives of the injury crisis that has hithis side.
Captain Stephen Hiney, Joey Boland and Conor McCormack have all picked up injuries recently, and Rushe (shoulder) is likely to join them on the sidelines this weekend, but Daly believes the problems will give him a stronger panel in the long run.
“Other counties can use it to blood lads,” Daly said. “In fact, it has nearly been a blessing in disguise. It meant that Daire Plunkett and Paul Schutte and Ronan Walsh and these fellas got a good chance. Still, you would rather have everyone available.”
“The gas thing is, we shot three wides at Walsh Park 10 weeks ago and we had no shooting (practice) done,” said Daly.
“We did loads of shooting in between. We were probably trying a bit too hard. Fellas were missing one and putting a bit of mental pressure on themselves, saying they had to get the next one. We probably should do more work on that side of it and free up the minds a little bit.
“But I would be more worried if we were drawing with Kilkenny and we had the six wides and they had 17 wides.
“There was a bit more of a buzz having come from behind. But we’re realistic. We know that Kilkenny will be a different proposition in the championship, but I hope we would be a bit of a different proposition in the championship as well.”
Dublin must beat Cork on Leeside this weekend and hope Waterford can foil Galway at Walsh Park for the Dubs to reach the league final. “We have just to try and look after our own end of it,” said Daly. “It would be a great boost to get to it.”
– Donnchadh Boyle