Dublin legend Liam Rushe is a late injury worry for Dublin boss Pat Gilroy.

Liam Rushe

This weekend is crunch time for the Dublin senior hurlers as they fight for safety in Division 1B. A road trip to O’Moore Park, which has been kind to the Dubs in the past, sees them face Laois. Should Dublin lose they will be forced to face Antrim once again in a relegation slug out.

A win would see them safe, with the bonus of a Quarter Final slot in Division 1B. 2A is definitely not what they want to be staring down after this weekend.

St. Pats Palmerstown’s Liam Rushe is no stranger to the Dublin senior set up. But this year so far he’s been more an impact substitute than a starter for Gilroy’s process. Apart from the opening game, Rushe has made second half appearances in three games to freshen up the offering.

This past weekend Liam replaced Ryan O’Dwyer in the 42nd minute of the game, and made an immediate impact, winning a penalty, that was sadly saved by Galway keeper James Skehill.

Unfortunately though, Rushe only lasted 26 minutes, when Paul Ryan was brought in on 68 as Rushe was looking to be visibly uncomfortable.

“It’s different to the injury that he had before Christmas.” Gilroy told the Herald, referring to the lingering groin issue Liam has been dealing with for the past two seasons.

“He had a strain on Thursday that just happened, like a spasm, in training.”

“We thought it was OK but it came back at him there.”

The injury appears to be around Liam’s ribs and the manager aims to get it sorted as soon as possible.

“He seemed to be OK before the game but we need to get it fully checked out now.”

Meanwhile another stalwart for Dublin hurling, Ryan O’Dwyer, put smiles on the faithful fans faces, as he made his first appearance under the new regime and put in a decent shift.

“Ryan put in a lot of work,” Gilroy proclaimed

“His touch is not quite there. His effort – again – he worked very hard and didn’t let their backs get easy balls into our back line.”

Dublin also had to contend with absentees involved in DCU’s Fitzgibbon Cup campaign. Donal Burke, Fergal Whitely, Rian McBride and Darragh Grey didn’t not feature in Sunday’s match events, but Eoghan O’Donnell did show up, and played the entire game.

In addition Sunday saw Ronan Hayes and Paul Crummey both make their League debuts against the All-Ireland champions, filling the gap left by UCD and Cuala squad members.

Whatever the result this weekend, Dublin have at least two more games for Gilroy to dissect, before beginning their plans and preparations for the Leinster Championship.