I feared cruciate curse would strike me next, says Dub Rushe

Liam Rushe half-jokingly admits the multitude of cruciate injuries in the Dublin hurling camp left him wondering if he will be next.

Martin Quilty, who impressed in the recent relegation play-off against Galway, became the second player this year after Paul Schutte to suffer knee ailment after injuring himself in a challenge game against Waterford last week.

However, Schutte’s injury isn’t as serious as Quilty’s, who is now out for the season.

Ironically, in the same game last Wednesday, Stephen Hiney, Tomás Brady and Conal Keaney all made their return to county colours after long cruciate-enforced lay-offs.

“I’m just used to hearing lads getting their knees ruined. I’m expecting to hear a snap myself.

“Schutte’s wasn’t as bad as feared. I think it’s just four weeks, which is a bit of a blessing. Aside from Quilty, we’re in good shape.

“Just when three cruciates came and the three of them had started together in over a year and he did his. They are all so varied. The three lads were different and Keaney got knocked off his bike.

“Both lads hit each other in midair and came down and Quilty landed on his feet and did his cruciate.

“It’s a big loss, he was pushing for a spot, wasn’t he? He’s devastated. He’ll be back in a year, everyone seems to be back in a year.”

Rushe doesn’t expect Hiney, Brady and Keaney to all start in Saturday week’s Leinster quarter-final against Dublin.

“I’m not the manager but maybe Tommo [Brady] with Schutte out, he might throw him in corner-back but I’m not sure what [Anthony] Daly is thinking at the moment.

“It’s just good to have them back. The three of the will have three club championship games under their belts soon and hopefully they’ll come out okay.”

Danny Sutcliffe is available for the Laois game despite a hand injury which means he will now have to sit his university exams in August.


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