Dublin’s Allianz League hopes have suffered a major setback with the news that new recruit Ryan O’Dwyer will be out of action for six weeks through injury.
O’Dwyer, a former Tipperary Senior player, declared for the Dubs at the start of the season and has been a big hit for Anthony Daly’s side so far this year.
However, the 24-year-old is expected to be sidelined for the next six weeks after sustaining a shoulder injury in training last Tuesday night.
The former Cashel King Cormacs star impressed in the Walsh Cup semi-final defeat of Galway on Saturday, scoring 1-3 and providing a ball-winning presence at centre forward.
O’Dwyer will miss at least four of Dublin’s Allianz Hurling League Division One games and could be back in action for the clash with Galway on March 27.
Maurice O’Brien, the Limerick native, also sustained an ankle injury on Tuesday night and will be out of action for four weeks.
Meanwhile, the Dublin team to face Kilkenny in the Walsh Cup final shows three changes from last week’s semi-final defeat of Galway.
Shane Ryan switches from wing forward to midfield for the suspended Johnny McCaffrey, while Shane Durkin moves into midfield for the injured O’Brien, with Martin Quilty coming into defence for his first start.
The injured O’Dwyer is replaced by Liam Ryan at centre forward, while Declan O’Dwyer is drafted in at full forward.