Thursday 18 January 2018

Thumb injury leaves Maguire in fitness race for Dubs opener

Gary Maguire faces a race to be fit for Dublin's championship opener on June 14. Photo: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
Gary Maguire faces a race to be fit for Dublin's championship opener on June 14. Photo: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Former All Star goalkeeper Gary Maguire has emerged as a major doubt for Dublin's Leinster hurling championship semi-final next month after picking up a hand injury while on club duty.

It is understood that Maguire suffered a fractured thumb while in action with Ballyboden St Enda's in their Dublin SHC clash with St Patrick's, Palmerston and was set to meet a doctor last night to ascertain the full extent of the damage.

However, it is understood that he faces a race against time to be fit for their championship opener on June 14 against the winners of this weekend's clash between Wexford and Antrim.

Sub 'keeper Alan Nolan has been the long-term understudy to Maguire and deputised in last weekend's challenge game against Clare and he would be expected to step up. The experienced Nolan made his debut for Dublin back in 2006.

Maguire's Ballyboden clubmate Finn McGarry, who skippered the county U-21s in 2010, would likely take a place on the bench in that scenario. Shane Durkin is Dublin manager Anthony Daly's only other injury concern after he damaged ankle ligaments, also on club duty.

Current All Star Danny Sutcliffe is expected to be fit despite picking up a hand injury as the Dubs prepare to defend the Leinster title for the first time since 1962.

Meanwhile, Meath star Mickey Newman has emerged as a doubt for the county's Leinster championship opener against Carlow on June 15.

Newman, who was nominated for an All Star last year after an encouraging debut season, is struggling with a groin injury and sat out Kilmainham's IFC clash at the weekend as well as a recent challenge against Cork.

Newman had been expected to return to some light training this week but a question mark remains over his participation.

His absence would be a considerable blow as he has delivered the bulk of Meath's scores since assuming the free-taking duties last year.

Irish Independent

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