The cruciate knee ligament injury curse has struck the Dublin hurlers once again with the news that Paul Schette has become the latest players to suffer the dreaded injury.
Schutte was injured playing for Dublin in a challenge match against Limerick on Sunday and a scan has confirmed he damaged his cruciate ligament. However, there appears to be some good news on the horizon after it was determined that the injury is not as bad as first feared.
Although he did tear his cruciate, almost 80 percent remains intact and there is every chance that he could be back before the end of the season.
“We’re delighted about that, particularly for Pail because he has been through the wringer with injuries,” Daly commented.
“We trained last night and then we don’t see them again until Saturday week. There are two rounds of club games between now and then. Hopefully we don’t pick up anything else.”
While the news of Schutte’s injury is a boost to Daly, who was without Tomas Brady, Conal Keaney and Stephen Hiney for the last year following their cruciate injuries, the manager is still sweating on the fitness of Alan McCrabbe and Danny Sutcliffe.
McCrabbe damaged his shoulder while Sutcliffe looked to have broken his hand while playing for St Jude's against St Brigid’s.
“Alan got a belt with about five minutes to go playing for Craobh Chiarain and he’s out for three to four weeks,” Daly explained in the Irish Star. “Danny played on for Jude’s at the weekend, which hopefully is a good sign.
“The x-rays were inconclusive so the doctors put the hand in plaster to immobilise it, and they’ll look at it again in ten days.
“We’re hoping that it’s just a hairlone fracture at worst and that he won’t be out for too long.”