PETER KELLY is still in contention for a spot in the Dublin team for Sunday’s ‘do-or-die’ Parnell Park relegation showdown with Limerick (2.30) despite jetting out to Abu Dhabi on Saturday, though David Treacy is now a very serious doubt for Anthony Daly’s men.
Lucan Sarsfields man Kelly suffered what appeared to be a serious injury to his knee in the closing minutes of last Sunday week’s NHL defeat to Galway but a scan has revealed just light bruising, quashing fears of a lenghty stint on the sideline.
However, he has travelled with the club to Abu Dhabi (club won competition sponsored by Etihad)and will miss tomorrow night’s training session, though Dubs boss Anthony Daly maintains there is still a chance he will feature against Justin McCarthy’s men.
“It wasn’t as bad as we thought anyway,” Daly explained of Kelly’s injury. “He had the scan and it was a slight bit of bruising around the ligament but there was no tear, which is the main thing. He’s a doubt. He didn’t train all last week.
“He’s gone to Abu Dhabi with the club for a few days yesterday with Lucan. But it’s a ‘wait and see’. I don’t think a break in the training would do him any harm. He’d be very fit and would have a lot of work done. We won’t be naming until Friday night anyway. We’ll see what he’s like.”
However, the news concerning Cuala man Treacy is significantly less encouraging, with Daly giving him just a “seventy/thirty against” chance of playing.
“David pulled up with a bit of a hamstring on Wednesday in training,” the Clareman explained.
“Again, we’ll have to wait and see with him but but we’ll give him every chance.”
In form Na Fianna man, Joey Boland, should be fit, however, after suffering concussion against the Tribesmen and while he didn’t train last week with Daly admitting “he was just a bit groggy all the week”, Boland was back in full training last night and is expected to retain his place in the Dubs half-back line.
With Boland’s club-mate, Tomás Brady, suspended after seeing red in Pearse Stadium, Daly is forced into a rethink of his full-back line, with Stephen Hiney the most likely candidate to take up the number three jersey and Ronan Fallon likely to resume at centre-back.
“Tomás had an outstanding game against Cork and he started well against Galway,” said Daly. “We would have liked to have him. But look, we’ll move on. We might have to rejig it a bit. Ronan would be in contention to come in along with one or two more. Who we play full-back is another day’s work.”
Daly admits that he “knows a scatter” of the unfamiliar faces that make up the current Limerick team through his involvement in Clare and Kerry hurling, but agreed that there is an element of the unknown about Sunday’s match.
However, he is hopeful that after flopping as favourites last summer against Limerick in the championship, his charges have learned their lesson.
“It’s very hard to say ‘yeah, we’ve learned and everything is going to be alright’. The more you live through these occasions, the better you are when you meet them again. We will be favourites on Sunday but there will be people on Sunday saying ‘Dublin, they can’t handle being favourites. It’s Limerick’s All-Ireland’, and all the rest.”
“But it all boils down to lets play every incident as it comes and let everyone get on top in his position.
“It’s all about survivial and we have a chance to make sure of that on Sunday,” he added.
– Conor McKeon- Evening Herald