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Dubs doubt over duo

Kenny insists Dubs are 'delighted' to get a crack at All-Ireland kingpins


PULLED OUT: Dublin ace Liam Rushe failed to start against Tipperary on Saturday. Photo: SPORTSFILE

PULLED OUT: Dublin ace Liam Rushe failed to start against Tipperary on Saturday. Photo: SPORTSFILE

PULLED OUT: Dublin ace Liam Rushe failed to start against Tipperary on Saturday. Photo: SPORTSFILE

Liam Rushe and Oisín O'Rorke are Dublin's primary selection doubts ahead of next Saturday's Allianz League semi-final with All-Ireland champions, Limerick in Nowlan Park (1.30).

Rushe was named in the starting team to play in Thurles last Saturday in Dublin's quarter-final victory over Tipperary but was replaced in the line-up by Kilmacud Crokes' Caolán Conway while Cian Boland - who came on as a second-half substitute and scored two points from play - wore Rushe's number 14 jersey.

Mattie Kenny explained that the St Patrick's, Palmerstown man suffered a hand injury against Laois two weeks earlier in Parnell Park and was not considered for selection.

"Hopefully he'll get a quick recovery and we'll have him for the next day," Kenny stated.

O'Rorke meanwhile, limped out of Saturday's one-point win - Dublin's first on Tipperary soil since 1946 - in the last minute of normal time after a heavy collision and was replaced by David Treacy.


"He picked up a bit of a knock in the finish," explained Kenny. "But he put in a huge performance up front for us."

Both have been key players for Dublin in recent weeks as they topped Division 1B, although Kenny has strong options if either or both are ruled out.

John Hetherton, who was also named to start but was replaced by Feargal Whitely in the team, came on at half-time and performed well.

The St Vincent's man, marked predominantly by Pádraic Maher, provided Dublin with a vital puck-out option and caught three clean balls at important stages late in the game.

O'Rorke meanwhile, has been outstanding in Dublin's inside forward line.

He scored 2-22 (13f, 1 '65) in six games, starting four and contributing as a substitute in the other two.

Paul Ryan, who scored 0-2 from reserve against Tipperary, David Treacy and Donal Burke are all options for Kenny for the Limerick match should O'Rorke miss out.

On the plus side, Shane Barrett is expected to be fit to play.

The Na Fianna defender, who started all five of Dublin's Division 1B matches, suffered a light concussion at the end of their final round victory over Laois in Parnell Park.

Barrett was brought to Beaumount Hospital as a precaution but was released later that night.

"This match just came a week too son for him," Kenny explained, "so he's someone we'll be checking in on and try and work on him for the next day."

Kenny also insisted that Dublin were "delighted to be able to get a game against Limerick."

"They're the reigning All-Ireland champions and they showed in the League so far that they've carried last year's form into this year's League," he stressed.

"That's going to be a huge challenge again.

"We're not worried about the result as such, just about getting that quality game again.

"Those quality games can only be good for our group and our squad."