Dublin senior hurler, Tomás Brady, came through a full training session at the weekend and is primed to be named at full-back for Saturday night’s Leinster SHC semi-final against Galway in O’Connor Park, Tullamore.
Howevever, the Dubs will more than likely have to plan without regular centre-back, Joey Boland, as they face the Tribesmen for the right to meet Kilkenny in the provincial decider.
The Na Fianna duo missed Dublin’s championship victory over Offaly but Dublin manager Anthony Daly has been boosted by the return to full fitness of Brady.
Tomás looks nailed-on (to start), bar something going wrong between now and then. He took a full part in training on Saturday. We’re very hopeful that he will be able to play,” said Daly.
“He played 20 minutes of a practice game in training and he came through it okay. He wasn’t even sore after it. It looks good but we have to build it up.
“He was anxious and we were anxious that he play a bit of the game on Saturday and he did. He came through it grand. He will do a bit on Tuesday night. We’ll play a bit of a game and he will play so that should build a bit of confidence.”
“Tomás is a big, strong guy,”added Daly. “The likelihood is that (Joe) Canning would be full-forward for them. He looks the ideal man to go in and mark him. He would have no issues there strength-wise. He’s very, very fit. We would be hopeful that he could go in there and do a job for us.”
Daly was less optimistic of Boland making a quicker than anticipated return following his shoulder injury.
“It’s still tender. You’re going to get tested on the shoulder in a championship match of that intensity. It’s unlikely that he will start anyway. Every day he is getting better. The treatment is intense. It’s twice a day some days. He’s a physio himself so he’s at it himself and he’s really progressing rapidly. But it’s unlikely that he will play at this stage.”
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