Dublin hurler Conor McCormack will miss the conclusion of this year’s Allianz NHL following confirmation that he suffered a broken bone in his hand in last Sunday’s defeat to Galway at Parnell Park.
The Ballyboden St Enda’s man will miss this Saturday’s vital clash with Kilkenny at Croke Park (5.15) as well as the concluding regulation game (away) against Cork.
McCormack suffered the injury as he challenged for the sliotar in the rebound to Conal Keaney’s second half penalty and was replaced by Declan O’Dwyer and is likely to be sidelined for six to eight weeks.
Liam Rushe and Shane Durkin, who both limped out of last Sunday’s game before it’s conclusion are expected to prove their fitness ahead of Saturday’s Croke
Park double-header (Dublin v Down in NFL, 7.30).
Peter Kelly, who missed last Sunday’s defeat to Galway owing to a shoulder injury, is also expected to be in contention for Saturday’s game.
Opponents Kilkenny will have to plan without Tommy Walsh and JJ Delaney while James ‘Cha’ Fitzpatrick is rated at 50/50 for Saturday’s clash.