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Schutte out for 10 to 12 weeks: Blues boss Daly

PAUL SCHUTTE’S season may not be over after all but he still faces ten to 12 weeks on the sideline according to Anthony Daly.

The Cuala defender suffered a knee injury in a senior hurling challenge against Limerick last Sunday and early prognoses of cruciate ligament damage were confirmed after an MRI scan on Tuesday.

However, Daly divulged that the results revealed only a partial tear of the medial ligament and that all might not be lost for Schutte.

“The results were inconclusive I suppose,” Daly told the Herald. “We feared the worst at the start. But it’s not fully torn. There is a bit of hope there. It depends on what the medical people do in the next few days but there is a chance his season could be salvaged.”

Daly explained that in the best case scenario, Schutte would miss 10 to 12 weeks of action but a call had yet to be made.

That would rule the versatile Cuala defender out for the entire Leinster SHC and Schutte’s summer hopes would hinge on his team-mates reaching an All-Ireland quarter-final if he is to see action.

On the subject of Danny Sutcliffe’s injury, Daly was optimistic. Dublin’s ‘find of 2012’ took a bang to his hand in action for St Jude’s last weekend which was x-rayed and immediately put into a plaster cast.

However, the results did not reveal a break and Sutcliffe will not undergo another scan for another week, at which point the casing will be removed.

“If there is a crack, he would be out of the first championship match for sure,” disclosed Daly. “But he says its not that sore at the moment, which is a good thing.”

Dublin’s other fresh injury concern - Alan McCrabbe - is expected to be out of action for three to four weeks with an A/C shoulder joint problem but Daly said he is hoping the Croabh Chiaráin man would continue his impressive form of quick healing and be back for their Leinster starter against Laois or Carlow.

MICKEY HARTE was will stay on as Tyrone manager for another three seasons after accepted a request from his county board to officially extend his current tenure.

DUBLIN will face Longford in the Leinster MFC quarter-final in Parnell Park on Saturday, May 19 after the midlanders beat Laois by 2-10 to 1-10 in Pearse Park last night.

NEW CCCC chairman Simon Moroney is set to temporarily step aside from his position when Seánie Johnston’s re-submitted transfer request is being submitted due to his position as financial overseer with Kildare.

The Clare native was put in place by Croke Park to monitor the use of €300,000 of advance payments of central funds to help solve their current financial crisis with the Kiildare County Board.