Liam Rushe fears that he could be the next player from the Metropolis to be struck down by Dublin’s cruciate ligament injury jinx.
Martin Quilty has been confirmed as the sixth Dublin hurler to suffer a cruciate knee ligament injury in the past two years and Rushe admits he’s half-expecting his own to go at any minute:
“I’m just used to hearing lads getting their knees ruined – I’m expecting to hear a snap myself. [Paul] 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 [Stephen Hiney, Tomas Brady and Conal Keaney] came back and the first time the three of them had started together in over a year and he did his.
“I was asked if I have an opinion on why it keeps happening but they are all so varied. The three lads were different – I mean, Keaney got knocked off his bike.
“With Martin, both lads hit each other in mid-air. They came down, the other lad landed on his back and Quilty landed on his feet and did his cruciate.
“It’s a big loss, he was pushing for a spot. He’s devastated, obviously. He’ll be back in a year … everyone seems to be back in a year.”