OFFALY will have scoring ace Shane Dooley available this weekend despite his dismissal during the Fitzgibbon Cup semi-finals last weekend.
Dooley made an unsuccessful appeal to have his red card over-ruled so that he could play in the Fitzgibbon final with University of Limerick, a game that UL won without him.
But as he is expected to get just a minimum four-week ban, he will be able to play for the county in Sunday’s vital televised Division 1 clash with Dublin in Tullamore.
Minimum four-week suspensions only apply to the same grade and code, and third-level hurling is classified as a different grade from senior inter-county level.
Joe Dooley’s team need all the manpower they can get considering they have already lost to Cork and Galway, while Anthony Daly’s Dublin are unbeaten and took Kilkenny’s scalp in the Walsh Cup last weekend despite being understrength.
Offaly expect to have Rory Hanniffy and Conor Mahon back this week after they missed their last game with an ankle injury and flu respectively.
Dublin are hopeful that Conal Keaney will have recovered from the niggle which kept him out on Sunday and are also monitoring the fitness of Tomas Brady and Joey Boland.
– Cliona Foley