Dubs suffer blow as Hiney is ruled out for season
Dublin hurling captain Stephen Hiney has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a cruciate ligament injury.
A scan last night revealed the damage sustained when the defender turned awkwardly in Dublin's convincing Allianz Hurling League win over Wexford on Sunday.
Hiney , who was stretchered off after 46 minutes of the match, is the latest in a list of serious injuries that Anthony Daly's squad have suffered over the last 12 months.
David Treacy and Shane Stapleton both suffered similar injuries late last season, while Alan McCrabbe, an All Star in 2009, is recovering from surgery to repair cartilage in his hip, a problem which was described as career-threatening earlier in the year.
The loss of Hiney is a huge blow to Dublin, who lead Division 1 after three wins and a draw.
Meanwhile, Tipperary captain Eoin Kelly will be somewhat relieved despite sustaining a compound fracture to one of his fingers last Sunday.
Kelly is due to shake hands with US President Barack Obama on St Patrick's Day, so the fact that the damage is to his left hand may be a silver lining ahead of his visit to the White House.
The six-time All Star will be out of action for the next four weeks, missing league matches against Cork and Galway. He could return for the final league fixture at home to Wexford on April 17.
Kelly went off in the fifth minute of last Sunday's victory against Offaly in Nenagh with blood streaming from his left hand. Scans yesterday revealed a compound break at the top of the digit.
Reigning Footballer of the Year Bernard Brogan and last year's All-Ireland SHC-winning captain Kelly have been invited to take part in the White House's official celebrations on Thursday.