Dublin hurler Ryan O’Dwyer. Picture: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
DUBLIN hurler Ryan O’Dwyer could miss the early part of the New Year after undergoing shoulder surgery.
The Tipp native has required the operation for over a year and went under the surgeon’s knife recently in a bid to correct a long-standing problem.
He will remain in a sling for six weeks, ruling him out of the commencement of pre-season training when the Dublin hurlers resume this month.
Other than O’Dwyer, Dublin boss Anthony Daly has an unusually healthy group to put through the rigours of the winter slog, and will take an expanded panel into the New Year before making cuts further down the line.
This time a year ago, Conal Keaney, Stephen Hiney and Tomás Brady were all laid low with cruciate ligament injuries which would see them miss all of Dublin’s winter and subsequent spring programmes.
They then lost highly-rated Cuala defender Paul Schutte to a lesser knee ligament problem and he too has resumed full action and is set to begin the new year in full health.
And in a year which can only be described as luckless, Dublin also had to make do without the likes of Peter Kelly, Alan McCrabbe and Danny Sutcliffe at various stages.
Brady’s defection to the footballers notwithstanding, Daly has a much fitter squad with which to begin preparations for the new season and has already intimated that he will take a more active role in training during 2013, stating: “The bottom line is that I’ll be back on the training paddock with them from next season.
“I had taken a step back from that side of things in the last two years but … I’ll be doing more of that with Dublin again.”
He has already recruited highly-rated former Tipperary trainer Ross Dunphy to help with that side of preparations after the departure of Martin Kennedy to the footballers but is unlikely to add to his management team and will go into 2013 with just two selectors: Richie Stakelum and Ciarán Hetherton.
Both Vincent Teehan and John McEvoy left the Daly set-up after the completion of their involvement in 2012, while trainer Kennedy has also since decamped to the footballers.
– Conor McKeon- Evening Herald