St Mark’s man increases Dubs’ options for Wexford duel
DAVID O’CALLAGHAN is expected to be back fit for next Sunday’s Allianz National Hurling League Division 1 clash with Wexford in Wexford Park after sitting out yesterday’s victory over Offaly in Tullamore.
The St Mark’s sharpshooter suffered a bout of ‘flu before the weekend and despite being named in the team, was replaced close to throw-in by Daire Plunkett.
However, manager Anthony Daly said that the St Mark’s clubman was expected back in training tomorrow night and he will be available for selection next Sunday as Dublin look to push on towards a possible league final appearance.
“Dotsy had the ‘flu so I presume he will be alright,” said Daly though the news was less positive on another of yesterday’s cry-offs, Declan O’Dwyer. The in-form Naomh Olaf’s man pulled a hamstring in training on Thursday night and he will again be out on Sunday as Dublin travel to Slaneyside to take on Colm Bonnar’s men.
“Dec is out. He did a hamstring on Thursday night,” confirmed Daly who also revealed that Ruairí Trainor – the third player on yesterday’s teamsheet who didn’t figure – will be fit for Sunday, as will his replacement, Paul Schutte, who came off with an injury late on.
Captain, Stephen Hiney, made a late appearance as a substitute yesterday after missing most of last week’s training through work commitments but he will take a full part in preparations this week.
“Budgie (Trainor) will be back in contention. Paul Schutte had to come off there at the end but we don’t think it will be a problem,” explained Daly. However, Faugh’s midfielder, Maurice O’Brien, is still in the injury dock with an ankle injury which has kept him out since the Walsh Cup semi-final victory over Galway and will have to wait until Dublin take on Galway in three weeks’ time before possibly making his first league appearance of 2011.
The Limerick native has been slow to heal and hasn’t played any part in Dublin’s three league matches to date and Daly said he wasn’t expecting a return to full fitness until after next weekend.
“Probably after next Sunday,” reckoned Daly. “We will play a challenge match the weekend after the Wexford match and he would be looking to try and play in that. David Curtin as well would be looking to get back in by then.”
Daly is still optimistic, however, that cruciate victim, David Treacy, will play some part in this league while Alan McCrabbe is recovering from a hip operation he underwent two weeks back and is still targeting Dublin’s Leinster championship opener with Offaly in Parnell Park on May 29 for his return
Conor McKeon- Evening Herald