Schutte blow rocks Dublin
DUBLIN hurling manager Anthony Daly has been left reeling with the news that his side's knee injury curse has struck again -- with fears Paul Schutte could be ruled out for the season, WRITES DONNCHADH BOYLE.
The Cuala defender suffered the injury while playing for the Dubs in a challenge match against Limerick in Cappamore last Sunday and had to be stretchered from the field.
Initial examinations indicated that he had suffered cruciate damage, a scenario that could rule him out for the rest of 2012, with an MRI scan expected to give a clearer indication of the extent of the injury.
Schutte had just forced his way into Daly's plans and was a regular starter throughout the league campaign that ended with relegation from Division 1A.
However, he now looks set to miss Dublin's championship campaign, which opens with a clash against either Laois or Carlow in Tullamore on June 2.
Dublin have been blighted by knee injuries during Daly's reign. Three of their key performers were ruled out with cruciate injuries last year, though Conal Keaney, Stephen Hiney and Tomas Brady are all on track to play in this summer's championship after making comebacks for their clubs recently.