O Donnell has done very well, if it is enough to hold off Shutte we will see.
If Dillon is out, it is a huge blow. The O Dwyer thing will depend on how training is going I suppose and if has played challenge games etc.
But if we have injuries because we played senior championship two weeks before this game - that is also a major concern.
Not sure why the Sutcliffe thing should be left be, the best player we have is sitting at home - I would have though that was a discussion topic. Maybe on it’s own it is just one of those things - but when it is part of a series of events, it becomes much more important - Sutcliffe not making himself available, Keaney saying he was unhappy with things that happened last year, Carton walking off last year, Nolan and Lambert not going quietly after being dropped and all of last years selectors being changed, it definitely creates a context for a wider discussion. The discussion could be around the ‘fair play to Cunningham for shaking things up’ line of thought, or the opposite. But it is definitely a thing of major interest.
Cunningham has taken huge risks in all of this. In one way I think fair play to him, risk taking is admirable. But, on the other hand I do wonder if someone coming in to manage Dublin gets too much of a free pass on stuff, because a) they are assumed to know better and b) if it fails, the team can always be blamed, the ‘I could have got better hurlers at the Red Cow’ type argument (in other words, it’s not me, it’s them!).
My own view is that he has taken the risks, he deserves the chance to show if they pay off in championship before judgement is passed. But if they don’t pay off, it needs to be recognised that it was primarily because of management decisions and not because of the players.