Ger Cunningham is planning without Mark Schutte for this year’s Championship.
The Cuala forward opted out of the panel last month, alongside his brother Paul, for Dublin’s Championship opener against Galway on Sunday.
There had been reports that Mark could make himself available after his exams, but those reports were dampened by speculation last week that suggested he had started training with the Dublin footballers.
Cunningham has admitted to 98FM’s Derek Ryan that he’s not expecting to have either Mark or Paul available this year:
“Mark and Paul haven’t been involved since last year’s Championship match, obviously with the Cuala run.
“The fact that when they’re not around- they haven’t been in the plans really because they haven’t been there.
“So we’re just working with the guys that we have with us.
Cunningham was keen to praise Cuala’s All-Ireland success this year, but admitted it may have come at a cost to him for this summer.
“Obviously Cuala’s success is brilliant for Dublin hurling.
“But obviously it has a short term impact for us.
“First of all, the lads weren’t available to us until after St Patrick’s Day.
“And secondly, when they came back in, a few of them had been carrying injuries, because they had been training all the way through winter.
“So their season has been going from last September right through.
“And then they’re now expected to come straight in with Dublin, and we’re looking to have our pound of flesh with them as well and carry on into our season.
“So we’ve had to mind that both physically and mentally, to make sure the lads remain fresh.