Dublin hurling manager Ger Cunningham will be sweating the fitness of star forward Paul Ryan in the run-up to the Championship opener against Wexford on May 21.
The Ballyboden St Enda’s marksman was withdrawn just 15 minutes into the Southside club’s Championship clash with St Oliver Plunkett’s, due to a hamstring injury. The 2013 county champions ran out comfortable winners, on a scoreline of 0-22 to 1-10, as reported by Dublin GAA.
There are no other injury concerns of note for the Dubs after a full round of action. There is another round of matches in the middle of this week.
Ryan would undoubtedly be a big loss, and is regarded as one of the most potent forwards in the Leinster Championship. While Cunningham has relieved him of his free-taking duties in favour of David Treacy, Ryan can still be a major threat.
He led the way as the Dubs recorded a narrow win over Limerick in the qualifiers last year, scoring 12 points, and bagged a whopping 1-17 as Ballyboden lost to Cuala in the county semi-final.
With Dublin entering the Wexford tie with the burden of the favourites’ tag, Cunningham will know the importance of keeping his best players fit, and will be hoping to see the stars come through unscathed this week.