Rushe fears worst as Dubs cruciate jinx claims Quilty
DUBLIN hurler Liam Rushe admits he is "expecting to hear a snap himself" after Martin Quilty became the latest member of Anthony Daly's squad to be struck down with the dreaded cruciate injury.
The Na Fianna man landed awkwardly during a challenge match against Waterford and a scan over the weekend confirmed that he had ruptured an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).
Remarkably, Quilty becomes the sixth member of the Dublin hurling squad to be hit by the injury in the past two years.
David Treacy and Shane Stapleton were struck down in 2010, while Conal Keaney, Tomas Brady and Stephen Hiney were hit last year and are only now returning to full inter-county activity following a lengthy rehabilitation period.
Quilty, who had been tipped for a starting spot in the championship after good displays in the relegation play-off against Galway, now faces up to a year on the sidelines.
"I'm just used to hearing lads getting their knees ruined. I'm expecting to hear a snap myself," said Rushe.
Daly has a number of other injury problems. Cuala's Paul Schutte suffered a less serious knee injury and his recovery is estimated at 10 weeks, meaning he could yet play some part in the Dubs' summer.
Alan McCrabbe is likely to miss their championship opener with Laois on June 2 because of a shoulder injury but Danny Sutcliffe should be available despite damaging a wrist.