DUBLIN'S teak-tough defensive lynchpin Tomas Brady is ready to start Saturday's Leinster SHC semi-final against Galway, but his club colleague Joey Boland will not make it.
Both men missed Dublin's quarter-final defeat of Offaly, forcing manager Anthony Daly to make major changes to his defence, which left them badly exposed, but Brady is fit again after a medial knee ligament injury and took a full part in training last weekend.
"He played 20 minutes of a practice match in training and he wasn't even sore after it," Daly said, indicating that Brady's fitness will be tested again tonight by an internal training game.
Daly also indicated that he has earmarked the Na Fianna man to play a pivotal role against one of Galway's key men.
"Tomas is a big, strong guy," Daly said. "The likelihood is that Joe Canning will be full-forward for them and he (Brady) looks the ideal man to go in and mark him. He would have no issues there strength-wise -- he's very, very fit."
Daly said that his first-choice centre-back Boland, coming back from the shoulder injury he suffered in the Dubs' Allianz League Division 1 final victory over Kilkenny, will not be ready to start.
"He is getting treatment every day, twice a day some days, and it's very intensive -- he is a physiotherapist himself," Daly explained, adding that the game was probably coming "a few days too soon for him".
Simon Lambert, who was introduced as a sub for wing-back Maurice O'Brien in Dublin's provincial opener, picked up a shoulder injury after colliding with Offaly midfielder Derek Molloy, but he is also expected to be available.