Dublin senior hurling manager Mattie Kenny has a number of injury concerns ahead of his side’s opening Leinster championship game against Kilkenny this Saturday.
Kenny will be without Fionntan MacGib, Cian O’Callaghan, and John Hetherton for the early rounds of the Leinster Senior Hurling Championship.
MacGib is still nursing an ankle injury and Kenny told gaa.ie that although O’Callaghan is back doing light running after a bad hamstring injury the early rounds of the Leinster Championship have come to soon for him.
“He got a bad hamstring injury against Galway. “He’s back running on that, doing light running, but these first early games are coming too soon for him.”
There is some good news though for the Dublin hurlers as Mattie confirmed that Mark Schutte, Liam Rushe and Conal Keaney are back training although Schutte is only back doing light training after a long term foot injury and will be assessed over the next couple of weeks.
“Back training now is Conal Keaney, the Mark Schuttes, the Liam Rushes, they’re only back training now. We’re days out from the game now, so we’re trying to see what level we can get them to.”
“He’s (Schutte) back training. The next couple of weeks will decide whether he’ll be at the level, whether he can see a lot of game-time or not. He has a long-term foot injury that’s causing a lot of problems.”
Liam Rushe’s championship preparations have been disrupted by a hand injury which has been a concern for both the player and the management team, but Kenny hopes he will be available for selection for this Saturday against Kilkenny.
“We’d be hoping, this hand injury is a concern to him and to us. But Liam is a hardened campaigner. I’m sure we’ll do whatever we can to make sure that he’s available for us.”
One other player missing this weekend is Donal Burke who is sitting his final exams, but even when he has completed those exams Burke may not be available for the rest of the campaign as he is contemplating going traveling this summer.
“Donal is doing his final exams at the moment, so he’s caught up in exams,” Kenny says.
“And he indicated at the start of the year that, after his final exams, he may look at going travelling. At the moment he’s concentrating on finishing his final exams, these couple of weeks.”