DUBLIN hurler Martin Quilty made his comeback from a cruciate ligament injury last weekend in club action for Na Fianna.
Quilty, who became the latest in a series of similar blows to afflict the Dublin hurlers, lined out for the Mobhi Road club in a cup game against Crumlin, and performed well in his first action since May of last year.
Quilty broke into the Dublin senior team during last year’s Division 1A league campaign, impressing in their relegation battle with Galway in Portlaoise before rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament in mid May in a training match and missing the remainder of the season.
Daly has been effusive in his praise for Quilty’s commitment to resuming full fitness and he may yet play some part in the league, should Dublin qualify for the Division 1B final with a home win against Carlow next Sunday.
On a similarly positive note for Daly is the news that Ryan O’Dwyer is nearing the end of his own comeback from shoulder surgery and is due to resume full training in the coming weeks.
The Tipperary native, a mainstay of Daly’s attack for the past three seasons, underwent the operation back in November and initially, the Dublin boss said he hoped O’Dwyer would play at least some part in their spring campaign and like Quilty, may now be back in the frame should Dublin advance.
The Dublin county board are facing the prospect of fixture congestion following the senior footballers qualification for the semi-finals of the league.
Dublin’s nine-point win over Down on Saturday night ensured their place in the last four, scheduled for Sunday, April 14, the same week as the opening fixtures of the Dublin SFC were due to be played.