Friday 24 November 2017

Boland blow for Dublin

Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

There was more bad news for decimated Dublin after they were hit with the loss of another key defender -- centre-back Joey Boland -- ahead of tomorrow night's clash with Kilkenny.

Boland will be out for six weeks due to a foot injury (metatarsal) in another blow to boss Anthony Daly, who is already without Stephen Hiney (cruciate) and Conor McCormack, who scored 0-3 against Galway last week but also broke a bone in his hand.

Waterford's hurlers will be without John Mullane for their final two league matches because he is getting married next week. The De La Salle star will miss this week's game against Offaly and the Decies' final home game against Galway on April 17 as he will be on honeymoon.

After last week's draw with Cork, mid-table Tipperary show three changes for their trip to high-flying Galway. Darren Gleeson replaces Brendan Cummins in goal, John Coghlan gets his first league start in place of injured corner-back Paddy Stapleton and John O'Brien starts instead of Noel McGrath up front.

Cork are set to field an experimental side against struggling Wexford as they give first league starts to Millstreet's Mark Ellis and Youghal's Bill Cooper with Brian Murphy set to slot in at midfield and Michael Cussen poised to line up at full-forward.

The Wexford team shows two changes from the team defeated by Offaly last time out, most notably the inclusion of Niall Breen in goal. Willie Doran (Buffers Alley) returns from injury to play at centre forward in place of Tomás Waters.

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