Dublin under-21 and senior hurling panellist, Niall McMorrow, faces two months on the sideline after undergoing ankle surgery.
The quicksilver corner-forward suffered the injury in Ballyboden St Enda’s extra-time loss to Kilkenny champions, O’Loughlin Gaels, in the AIB Leinster Club SHC final last November.
It was initially hoped that the niggling injury would not require an operation and McMorrow in fact scored 2-3 in the annual Evening Herald/Dublin Bus Dubs Stars clash on New Year’s Day in Russell Park.
However, he has been forced to have an operation and it’s expected he will be out of competitive action until the end of March.
In other Dublin hurling injury update news Alan McCrabbe will have a hip operation in February while Peter Kelly is expected to be fine for the start of the Allianz League and Joey Boland, who picked up an injury against Antrim last weekend, is expected to be fine for Saturday’s Walsh Cup semi-final against Galway in Parnell Park (5.30; senior footballers v Meath in O’Byrne Shield final, 7.30).