Monday, February 20, 2012
Dublin forward David O’Callaghan will miss the opening rounds of the Allianz Hurling League after contracting pneumonia.
O’Callaghan, 29, is expected to be sidelined for at least a month and may not return to the Dublin colours until the Round 4 Allianz League game against Tipperary on March 24, according to manager Anthony Daly.
The St Mark’s man featured in the annual Blue Stars charity game on New Year’s Day, but was then out of action for two weeks with what was thought to be a serious dose of the ‘flu. However, when antibiotics failed to clear the problem, an X-Ray on his lungs revealed he was suffering from pneumonia.
“He got a bad old dose,” said Daly in an interview with www.gaa.ie at the launch of the 2012 Allianz Hurling League. “He was in the bed for two weeks. He was back in at training yesterday and it was great to see him there.
“It was a great lift for everyone, he’s awful popular amongst the boys. He’s a great character. He was at training with a coat and a scarf on him.
“He needs time now to build up the body. He looks a bit shook. He’s going to need a chance to get the strength back.
“I wouldn’t envisage him playing any part in the first two or three League games, but hopefully he’ll have a good chance to get himself ready and have a good long season.”
There was more positive news with regard to the fitness two of O’Callaghan’s team-mates.
Daly expects Liam Rushe to be available for Sunday’s Allianz League opener against Galway as long as the 2011 Young Hurler of the Year comes through UCD’s Fitzgibbon Cup game against UCC on Wednesday unscathed.
Rushe broke a bone in his wrist last October but the injury remained undiagnosed until the start of the season and he only returned to action with UCD after a six-week lay-off last week.
David Treacy, meanwhile, is also in contention to play in the Pearse Stadium clash after recent injury problems.
“David Treacy had a cruciate and chronic hamstring problems over the last two seasons but has made every effort to get himself back in the firing line for Sunday,” Daly added.
“Really if you told me at the start of the year that David would be available for the first round against Galway I wouldn’t have thought that was possible.
“But he has really worked hard to put himself in the position.”