Rushe ruled out as Dublin's injury jinx strikes again
Dublin hurlers' disastrous run of injuries has been compounded by confirmation that Liam Rushe has been ruled out of action for up to four weeks.
Rushe's absence will keep him out of Dublin's next three games against Cork, Kilkenny and Tipperary and is a significant blow to the league champions as they face a challenge to hold on to their Division 1A status.
Rushe was replaced at half-time against Galway in Salthill last Sunday after aggravating a hip injury.
With Peter Kelly leaving the field later on with a knee injury that will keep him out for up to three weeks, Dublin's injury list has lengthened considerably.
Already they are without long-term cruciate ligament victims Conal Keaney, Stephen Hiney and Tomas Brady, while Paul Schutte and Ross O'Carroll are also sidelined.
David O'Callaghan has been suffering from illness in recent weeks and missed the trip to Galway.
Dublin host Cork on Sunday week, and in such a tight six-team group to lose would really place pressure on them, with Kilkenny and Tipperary next up.
Meanwhile, the Brogan brothers are likely to taste their first competitive action for Dublin since winning the All-Ireland title last September.
The back-to-back 'Footballer of the Year' winners for 2010 and 2011 have not featured in Dublin's game and a half in the league so far.
Both were on the bench against Mayo, but with the match abandoned at half-time due to fog they saw no action.
They both figured for Leinster last week in the inter-provincial semi-final against Munster and are in line for recalls against Laois on Saturday night.
Denis Bastick, who has also been missing because of a shoulder operation, has resumed training, but may be given more time.
James McCarthy will have his hearing against a one- match ban tonight in an attempt to free him for the Laois game.
McCarthy was given a straight red card in Castlebar for raising his elbow and connecting with Alan Freeman as the Mayo player came in to tackle him.