Dublin's cruciate curse strikes again

Paul Schutte is the latest in a line of Dublin hurlers to be struck down by a cruciate knee ligament injury.

Paul Schutte is the latest in a line of Dublin hurlers to be struck down by a cruciate knee ligament injury.

Last year saw Conal Keaney, Stephen Hiney and Tomas Brady all suffer cruciate woe, and the trio have only recently returned to training with the Dubs.

Young defender Schutte had to be stretchered off during Dublin's challenge match defeat to Limerick in Cappamore last Sunday.

He went for an MRI scan yesterday and it has confirmed cruciate damage for the Cuala clubman, who slotted in at full-back for the injured Peter Kelly during the recent Allianz League.

But given that 80% of Schutte's cruciate ligament remains intact, he could yet play a part in the latter stages of this summer's Championship.

Speaking to the Irish Daily Star, Dublin manager Anthony Daly said: "We're delighted about that, particularly for Paul because he has been through the wringer with injuries.

"We trained last night and then we don't see the players again until Saturday week. There are two rounds of club games between now and then. Hopefully, we don't pick up anything else."

It is still a big blow for the 23-year-old student who made his senior bow against Offaly last year. During the 2012 league campaign, Schutte made five starts and got game-time at full-back, corner back and wing back.

Daly's men are in the midst of preparing for their Leinster SHC opener against either Laois or Carlow on June 2. Former All-Star Alan McCrabbe (shoulder) and promising forward Danny Sutcliffe (hand) are both doubtful for that game.

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