ANTHONY DALY has made two changes to his side for tomorrow's Allianz League Division 1A relegation play-off replay with Galway in Portlaoise (4.0) but perhaps of greater longer-term significance, Stephen Hiney made a return to competitive action last night after over a year out with torn cruciate and lateral ligaments.
David Treacy comes back into the starting selection at centre-forward in place of the suspended Ryan O'Dwyer for round two with the Tribesmen while Martin Quilty comes into the side in midfield in an indirect swap for Ruairí Trainor.
The inclusion of the Na Fianna man sees Michael Carton move to wing-back with Paul Schutte reverting to the corner.
But it was Hiney's ability to come through a full 60 minutes in Ballyboden St Enda's 0-21 to 0-9 AHL1 defeat to Kilmacud Crokes which granted Daly the biggest positive of the week.
"Injury wise, things are starting to come together a little bit," Daly told the Evening Herald. "We're not quite there. But we would feel we would have a squad to compete with Galway."
Daly explained that Conal Keaney had also been pencilled in for a return to club action last night but a slight ankle aggravation ruled him out, but added he didn't expect the knock to have any major ramifications for the 'Boden man's fitness.
Alan McCrabbe will tonight have a hearing following his straight red card in the drawn match.
With regard to Hiney's comeback it was his Dublin team-mate Ryan O'Dwyer, suspended for tomorrow's relegation replay with Galway, who shone for Crokes.
Boden proved over-reliant on David Curtin's free-taking with Malachy Travers' 31st minute point their only score from play over the hour. In contrast, Kevin O'Loughlin, Jude Sweeney, Seán McGrath, O'Dwyer and Barry O'Rorke all made scoring contributions for Crokes.
DUBLIN (SH v Galway): G Maguire; N Corcoran, P Kelly, P Schutte; M Carton, J Boland, S Durkin; J McCaffrey, M Quilty; C McCormack, D Treacy, L Rushe; D Sutcliffe, R O'Carroll, P Ryan.
MELBOURNE will again honour the life of Jim Stynes with a tribute at the MCG on Sunday for his beloved Demons clash against the Western Bulldogs. 'The Jim Stynes Tribute Game' will honour the former club president. Melbourne players will wear a special jersey with a green shamrock on the front.