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Schutte injury fears for Dublin

PAUL SCHUTTE has become the latest Dublin hurler to be struck by their knee injury curse, amid fears that the young Cuala defender could be ruled out for the season.

Schutte suffered the injury while playing for the Dubs in a senior hurling challenge against Limerick on Sunday night. He had to be stretchered off in Cappamore and initial examinations have prompted suspicions that he has torn his cruciate.

If that scenario unfolds, he would be ruled out for the season but more definitive news was expected later today. It's understood the player went for a scan yesterday with a further MRI taking place this morning.

Schutte established his Sky Blue starting claims during this year's Allianz League but now faces the prospect of missing their entire SHC campaign.

Dublin have been blighted by season-ending knee injuries during Anthony Daly's tenure.

This latest setback comes as their so-called 'Cruciate Three' - Conal Keaney, Stephen Hiney and Tomás Brady - edge closer to a county comeback after returning to club action recently.