Tuesday February 23 2010
LIAM RYAN could be in for a return to the Dublin hurling side for Sunday’s clash with Tipperary in Parnell Park. The O’Toole’s man suffered an ankle injury in a club game and has not lined lined out in any of Dublin’s four competitive matches thus far in 2010 as a consequence.
However, he got 35 minutes action last Sunday morning for a Dublin development team in Waterford and manager Anthony Daly could be eager to get Ryan – who started all of the Dubs championship matches in 2009 – back into the team after last Sunday’s 13-point defeat in Walsh Park.
“He was well wrecked after the half hour,” warned Daly. “But he might be able to play some part. He is the kind of guy you could do with. He will fight the fight for sure.”
Daly is also monitoring the fitness of David O’Callaghan who did not tog out last Sunday due to a hamstring injury, despite being named as a substitute in the programme. O’Callaghan is one of a number of Daly’s squad who are due to line out for their colleges in the Fitzgibbon Cup during the week, hampering Dublin’s preparations for the visit of Tipp somewhat.
O’Callaghan, Joey Boland, óisín Gough and Liam Rushe are set to play for UCD against Limerick IT on Wednesday while Tomás Brady, Paul Ryan and David Treacy will tog out for DIT on the same day as they face Waterford IT. In fact Rushe could end up playing four games in a week with his club, St Patrick’s of Palmertstown down to contest the Dublin U21 ‘C’ final on Saturday against Parnells.
Ronan Fallon shipped a heavy knock at the conclusion of the Waterford tie but will be fit for Sunday while Alan McCrabbe’s progress will be closely watched this week after suffering heavy bruising on his left leg and a bad strain below the knee.