Fresh injury woe for Daly as Treacy tears hamstring
DUBLIN hurling manager Anthony Daly's already threadbare squad has shipped another blow after David Treacy was ruled out of Sunday's All-Ireland semi-final clash with Tipperary.
The Cuala man tore a hamstring in training, which is also expected to keep him out of the final should the Dubs upset the form book and overturn the reigning champions.
Treacy damaged his hamstring in the Leinster semi-final win over Galway on June 18 but had battled back to fitness.
This latest setback brings to five the number of front-line players that Daly will have to plan without.
Tomas Brady, Conal Keaney and Stephen Hiney have all suffered cruciate ligament injuries, while Oisin Gough has a broken hand.
Meanwhile, Kevin Downes has emerged as a doubt for Limerick's U-21 hurling All-Ireland semi-final clash with Galway on Saturday week.
Downes, who made his senior championship debut for the Treaty men earlier this summer, broke a bone in his hand in extra-time of the U-21s' epic Munster final win over Cork in the Gaelic Grounds.
The Na Piarsaigh man's hand is currently in a cast and team manager Leo O'Connor won't make a final call on his participation in the game until next week.
Donegal football star Leo McLoone could yet play some part in the Ulster champions' All-Ireland semi-final clash with Dublin after coming through a club game at the weekend.
A fractured eye socket ruled him out of both the Ulster final and All-Ireland quarter-final, but he is back in contention for some game time against Dublin.
Elsewhere, the Derry Competitions Control Committee is to launch an investigation into the brawl that erupted at last weekend's senior football championship encounter between Ballinderry and Kildrea.
Enda Muldoon (Ballinderry) and James Kielt (Kilrea) were among six players who were sent off following a melee that erupted midway through the second half.
Ballinderry won the game by 2-11 to 1-10.