Kernan insists Galway door 'not closed' on axed star Cullinane
Published 16/06/2010 | 05:00
Joe Kernan has insisted that the door is not closed on long-serving midfielder Barry Cullinane, who has been omitted from Galway's championship squad.
Galway play Sligo on the weekend after next, but Cullinane will not be involved as he joins fellow midfielder Niall Coyne and Damian Dunleavy on the sidelines.
Cullinane, who played at midfield in the unconvincing 2-13 to 0-12 first-round win over New York, was the biggest name to be left off as Kernan reduced his squad to 30 ahead of the game against Sligo at Pearse Stadium.
Replacement goalkeeper Paul Doherty is another casualty as Galway roll up their collective sleeves and prepare for the business end of their season.
"The lads are going back to their clubs and the door is not closed on anyone.
"Some of them are just coming back from injury and we will be keeping a close eye on them," said Kernan.
The manager hopes to have Michael Meehan back for the game as the forward continues his recuperation from the knee ligament injury that ended his league campaign in March.
Meanwhile, Down are hopeful that they will have Ambrose Rogers and Aidan Carr available to them for Saturday's Ulster semi-final clash with Tyrone in Casement Park.
Rogers missed the league final against Armagh and the championship opener against Donegal, but was preparing to play a league game with his club last night.
The Dublin hurlers have been boosted by the return to fitness of Tomas Brady and David O'Callaghan, who are both expected to start Sunday's Leinster semi-final against All-Ireland champions Kilkenny at Croke Park.
Brady has been troubled with a quad injury since the win over Laois, but manager Anthony Daly is confident that the Na Fianna full-back will be available.
"It's 60-40 that he will be able to play," said Daly. "We will probably risk him. It's one of things that could go, but it's looking more positive.
"It's getting stronger by the day so I would be hopeful."
O'Callaghan is also making progress after limping out of the Laois game with a hamstring injury.
However, young full-forward David Treacy has been ruled out and Daly admits that he would be a loss to any team.
Kilkenny are already resigned to being without John Tennyson for the opening game of their five-in-a-row bid.