Dublin hurlers’ disastrous run of injuries has been compounded by confirmation that Liam Rushe has been ruled out of action for up to four weeks.
Rushe’s absence will keep him out of Dublin’s next three games against Cork, Kilkenny and Tipperary and is a significant blow to the league champions as they face a challenge to hold on to their Division 1A status.
Rushe was replaced at half-time against Galway in Salthill last Sunday after aggravating a hip injury.
With Peter Kelly leaving the field later on with a knee injury that will keep him out for up to three weeks, Dublin’s injury list has lengthened considerably.
Already they are without long-term cruciate ligament victims Conal Keaney, Stephen Hiney and Tomas Brady, while Paul Schutte and Ross O’Carroll are also sidelined.
David O’Callaghan has been suffering from illness in recent weeks and missed the trip to Galway.
Dublin host Cork on Sunday week, and in such a tight six-team group to lose would really place pressure on them, with Kilkenny and Tipperary next up.