Dublin's Quilty to miss rest of season

Yet another cruciate knee ligament injury has sidelined a Dublin senior hurler - this time it is promising wing back-cum-midfielder Martin Quilty.

Yet another cruciate knee ligament injury has sidelined a Dublin senior hurler - this time it is promising wing back-cum-midfielder Martin Quilty.

The Na Fianna youngster's hopes of playing in this summer's Hurling Championship are over after he damaged his knee during a challenge match against Waterford last Wednesday.

A subsequent MRI scan confirmed that Quilty, who impressed against Galway in last month's relegation play-off replay, has unfortunately torn his anterior cruciate ligament.

The 22-year-old won Leinster Under-21 titles with Dublin in 2010 and 2011 and made his bow for Anthony Daly's senior side in last year's Walsh Cup.

Three of Daly's key players suffered season-ending cruciate injuries during the 2011 campaign - Stephen Hiney, Tomas Brady and Conal Keaney - but all three made successful returns in the drawn game with Waterford.

There were fears earlier this month that young defender Paul Schutte would be facing a long spell on the sidelines with a similar injury, but in a welcome boost 'up to 80% of his cruciate remained intact'.

Dublin's first Championship outing will be a Leinster quarter-final clash with Carlow's conquerors Laois on Saturday, June 2.

Danny Sutcliffe, arguably their best forward during the league, is on course to feature against the O'Moore men as there was no fracture when he injured his hand in a recent outing for club side St. Jude's.

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