Anthony Daly’s high flying Dublin hurlers have received a huge setback with the news that captain Stephen Hiney will miss the rest of the season with a cruciate ligament injury.
The player picked up the injury in the Dubs Allianz Hurling League victory over Wexford on Sunday and a scan on Monday night confirmed the county’s worst fears.
“Stephen is devastated by the news but he is a strong character and will get every support in his recovery,” Dublin selector Ciaran Hetherton confirmed on GAA.ie.
“He has been an inspirational captain and player and his position will not be easily filled.”
Hiney suffered the injury when he turned awkwardly in the second-half of the victory and after receiving treatment on the pitch he was stretchered off.
This latest news is a huge blow to Daly’s side, who have been impressing in the league and recently beat Kilkenny in the Walsh Cup final. With sidelined star, Alan McCrabbe, expected back in time for the latter stages of the championship everything was beginning to fall into place for the Blues.