Shoulder injury to Pat’s powerhouse adds to Daly’s woes
Monday April 11 2011
THE Dublin hurlers are nervously awaiting the results of a scan on Liam Rushe’s shoulder as the injury nightmare which has plagued their season continues.
The St Patrick’s, Palmerstown man an took a blow to the shoulder during last week’s warm weather training camp in Portugal and though the extent of the damage will only become clear after the scan is returned, there are fears he could face a lengthy recovery time and, in a worst case scenario, miss Dublin’s championship opener with Offaly on May 29.
Rushe has been an ever-present in the Dublin team since the commencement of the League and has settled into a new midfield role in the absence of so many regulars for the position.
He remains, however, a strong contender to start in attack come summer.
Dublin are currently staring at an injury list which threatens to derail their season entirely. At present, manager Anthony Daly is without cruciate victims, Stephen Hiney, David Treacy and Shane Stapleton.
Also missing is 2009 All Star, Alan McCrabbe and influential defender, Joey Boland with hip and foot injuries respectively while novices, Conor McCormack (hand) and Conor Clinton (groin) are also out for the foreseeable future while Ronan Walsh – who made his debut against Kilkenny last time out – will miss the rest of the League with a broken rib also suffered in Portugal.
Rushe’s absence could force Daly into asking Maurice O’Brien to make an immediate return to the team for next Sunday’s trip to Páirc Uí Chaoimh after sitting out Dublin’s League programme with an ankle injury.
The Faugh’s man was named on the bench for the draw with Kilkenny two Sunday’s back but has not played for Dublin since the Walsh Cup victory over Galway back in January.
CONOR COUNIHAN, meanwhile, has indicated that Cork will pursue an appeal over the straight red card handed to dual defender, Eoin Cadogan, by referee, Maurice Condon, yesterday.
Cadogan was sent off for flicking back at Steven McDonnell with his elbow as he strode out of defence and will miss the League final unless a successful appeal can be mounted.
JOHN McMAHON was elected as new chairman of the Kildare county board following a specially convened EGM in Newbridge yesterday evening. The Naas clubman served as vice-chairman role since last year and stepped in as acting chairman after Padraig Ashe’s shock resignation last month.
McMahon won the vote against his only rival, Eddie Lawlor, by 103 votes to 25.
TYRONE manager Mickey Harte maintains that Philip Jordan remains part of the Tyrone panel despite increased speculation that he has retired.
Jordan was named on the bench yesterday but was not present at the match.
However, Harte refuted the suggestion that he had played his last match for Tyrone and claimed “there is no story” with regards to Jordan’s retirement.
CORK’S minor hurlers outclassed Dublin 4-18 to 1-12 in a challenge at DCU on Saturday. The Dubs lined out without their five dual players who are preparing for the start of the Leinster MFC this coming weekend. Dublin will play Westmeath this Saturday afternoon in Parnell Park in the MFC.
– Conor McKeon firstname.lastname@example.org