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Blow for Dubs as injury ends Treacy season

DUBLIN hurling boss Anthony Daly today lamented the "horrible year" endured by David Treacy after his star forward was ruled out for the rest of the season with a torn cruciate ligament.

The promising Cuala clubman will miss Dublin's assault on the All-Ireland U21 title and, in all likelhood, next year's National League but he isn't the only hurler facing a Battle of Wounded Knee. Kilkenny talisman Henry Shefflin is sweating on a scan that will determine his fitness to take the field in search of an eighth All-Ireland SHC medal after hobbling off during yesterday's semi-final cakewalk against Cork.

Shefflin previously tore his cruciate during the 2007 All-Ireland final and the Kilkenny camp is hoping he has only suffered minor damage to one of the lesser knee ligaments, thereby giving him a fighting chance of facing either Tipperary or Waterford on September 5.

There is no such chance for Treacy, who ruptured his ACL in a Thursday night practice match against the Dublin minors and will now miss the Dubs' U21 semi-final against Galway on Saturday week. "It's a horrible year for him," said Daly, who doubles as an U21 selector.

"He's had the hamstring all year and this down on top of it. 'Tis a devastating blow for us as well, facing into the game already without probably our first choice full-back Paul Schutte and Rory (O'Carroll) obviously because he'll be playing football.

"He had a brilliant game against the Kilkenny intermediates last Saturday below in Nowlan Park, we were really excited about having him back full tilt," Daly added. "Mentally, for him, it's been an awful year - it's been one thing after another."

The Clareman won't decide on his future with the Dublin seniors until after the U21 campaign but, without saying so directly, has hinted that he's likely to continue.