Saturday 22 July 2017

Luckless Meehan suffers fresh injury woe

Galway's Michael Meehan. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Galway's Michael Meehan. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Michael Verney

The odds on Michael Meehan making his first competitive appearance for Galway in four years have lengthened after the Caltra attacker suffered a back injury in club action on Sunday.

Meehan made a sensational return to the inter-county fold, rejoining Kevin Walsh's squad in March after overcoming a long-standing ankle problem, but his championship preparations have been interrupted by injury.

Walsh reported that the 32-year-old had "a slight setback" with a fresh ankle injury last month, and his participation in the Tribesmen's Connacht SFC semi-final against Mayo/Sligo on June 11 is in jeopardy after he was forced off in the first half of his side's defeat to St James'.

There is better news for the Limerick hurlers, however, with Declan Hannon winning his fitness race for their Munster SHC last-four clash with Clare on June 4 after playing the second half in Adare's Limerick SHC victory at the weekend.

Hannon, who has been filling the No 6 slot under new boss John Kiely, has been on the sidelines since limping out of the Treaty's League semi-final defeat to Galway a month ago, and his return will be a major boost.

Peter Casey also featured for Na Piarsaigh but Diarmaid Byrnes, Alan Dempsey, William O'Donoghue and Gearoid Hegarty all sat out of their club's ties and played no part in Limerick's 0-27 to 2-19 defeat of Waterford in Dungarvan on Sunday.

Elsewhere, former Tyrone star Owen Mulligan made his debut for London against Waterford at the weekend and is likely to play some part in their Connacht SFC quarter-final against Leitrim.

Irish Independent

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