Dublin will be without full-back Tomás Brady for the rest of the season, after it was confirmed that he suffered cruciate knee ligament damage in last Saturday’s win over Galway.
Brady injured his right knee at training in the build-up to the Championship and got himself back fit for the Leinster SHC semi-final.
But his participation in the game lasted just 11 minutes. This time he injured his left knee when challenging Joe Canning for possession before the Portumna man swept through for Galway’s opening goal.
Brady, who played with his right knee heavily bandaged, went down in agony and although he played on for a few minutes, the substitution was made soon after.
That leaves Dublin manager Anthony Daly without two of his first choice defenders, as captain Stephen Hiney also tore his cruciate in March.
Centre-back Joey Boland, who has been nursing a shoulder injury, is hoping to be in contention to face Kilkenny in the Leinster final on Sunday, July 3.
But corner forward David Treacy will miss that game having suffered a grade 2 hamstring tear, and fellow attacker Ryan O’Dwyer will be suspended following his straight red card against Galway.
Meanwhile, O’Dwyer had to undergo surgery on a damaged ear yesterday at Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown.
He sustained the injury during the first half of the semi-final victory. The procedure yesterday, carried out by surgeon Brian Kneafsey, lasted over two hours
Irish Examiner- Tuesday, 21st June