Keaney may not play in 2012
HAVING missed out on the latter part of Dublin's All-Ireland hurling championship campaign, Conal Keaney is resigned to watching from the sidelines as the Dubs bid to retain their National League crown.
In the run-up to his team's quarter-final against Limerick, Keaney suffered a torn cruciate ligament in his knee and also damaged cartilage when his motorbike was involved in a collision with a van.
And there remains a possibility that the Ballyboden star will sit out the whole of 2012.
"They (medical people) are saying that I mightn't be able to play at all next year," Keaney revealed.
"I'll have to just play it by ear. I had a few setbacks after the operation and I'm just happy now to be walking normally without pain.
"I don't know when I will be back jogging. I'm just taking things week by week.
"I'm working out in the gym at the moment, but it (the injury healing) will take a bit of time."
Keaney was a vital part of Dublin's stunning march towards National League glory when they hammered Kilkenny in the final and although they reached the semi-final stage of All-Ireland in his absence, manager Anthony Daly will be anxious to see him return to the ranks.