Mattie Kenny – Our Squad Is Much Stronger After The League

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Dublin boss Mattie Kenny admits there’s work to do as Dublin Hurling League Campaign comes to an end

After yesterday’s defeat to Clare in the last round of the National Hurling League, Dublin boss Mattie Kenny now has time to reflect before he leads his side into his second Championship.

The loss the Clare was Dublin’s third in five games, and ends their League campaign with no way of qualifying for the knockouts.

But speaking to DUBSTV following yesterday’s game in Cusack Park, Kenny was upbeat about the direction his side are heading in. And is happy with the strength of the panel.

“We’re building nicely the last few weeks, and gave it a good push there in Croke Park last Saturday night. And I suppose we were disappointed we didn’t get the result.” he admitted

“Losing to Wexford last Saturday virtually put us out of the League. And unfortunately we picked up a number of injuries. So our squad was a little bit depleted coming down today. But that obviously gave us the opportunity to give game time to other guys”.

In relation to injuries Mattie gave an update on Chris Crummey who left the field last week. Chris has now had a procedure done and will be rehabbing for a long period.

“Chris had shoulder surgery there during the week. So he’ll be out for 12 to 14 weeks by the looks of it. That’s a bit of a blow to us at the moment. But we’ll work with him and make sure we get on top of his rehab and get him back on the pitch as soon as possible”.

Attention turns to the Provincial Championship

With the league come to a close, it’s onto the Championship. And on May 10th Dublin will entertain Kilkenny in Parnell Park in the opening round in Leinster.

“We’ve work to do”, Kenny admitted, “A lot of niggly injuries in the last few weeks disrupted our flow in training. So we want to get everybody healthy & push on in training over the next few weeks”

“You won’t feel May coming around and the Championship again. And hopefully we’ll have a strong squad to choose from”.

But we got a lot of game time into a lot of the younger guys. The depth of our squad has improved. So overall the position we’re in is that our squad is much stronger and bigger. We just need to get all those small injuries cleared up and come with a good push for the championship”

Video: DUBSTV via YouTube