Schutte blow for Dubs' Cats clash
Dublin's hopes of causing an upset in Nowlan Park tomorrow (7.0) have suffered a big blow with Mark Schutte and Paul Winters now ruled out of this year's Leinster SHC.
Schutte had struggled with an ankle injury since rejoining the hurling panel last November but recently regained fitness after surgery and was understood to be pushing hard for a spot in Mattie Kenny's maiden championship selection.
When contacted, Dublin management confirmed that a recent shoulder injury means Schutte will not be available for any of this year's provincial campaign.
The Cuala player has had two separate operations to repair damage to his shoulders in the past.
Winters - who scored 0-3 (2f) against Kilkenny in last year's championship opener in Parnell Park - has also been sidelined with a shoulder injury, leaving Kenny's attacking options significantly diminished on the eve of his first championship game as manager.
Already, Kenny must plan without Cian O'Callaghan, Fionntán Mac Gib and John Hetherton for the trip to Nowlan Park, where Dublin have won just once in league and championship action since 1964.