Sunday 11 December 2016

O Curraoin concern for Walsh's Tribesmen

John Fallon

Published 03/03/2016 | 02:30

Galway manager Kevin Walsh Photo: Sportsfile
Galway manager Kevin Walsh Photo: Sportsfile

Galway football manager Kevin Walsh is sweating over the fitness of midfielder Fiontan O Curraoin as they bid for their first home win of the league campaign against Meath on Sunday.

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The Tribesmen have put themselves in line for promotion after away wins over Laois and Derry but having lost their only home match against Tyrone, Walsh said they need to deliver on Sunday at Pearse Stadium.

But he doesn't know yet if he will have the experienced O Curraoin on board after the Micheal Breathnach's clubman was forced to pull out of the Derry game with a hamstring injury.

"It will be touch and go with him but we want to give him as much time as possible. We have a lot of players out through injury so it would be great to have the likes of Fiontan available.

"But against that you don't want to rush a player back so we will see how he is over the next day or so," said Walsh.

The 1-18 to 2-12 win in Derry was achieved without the likes of experienced players such as Gary Sice, Gareth Bradshaw and Danny Cummins being able to start.

"That's what made it all the more pleasing, that we were without so many players, had David Wynne black-carded after about eight minutes, and still won.

"But now we need to back it up at home. There is a lot at stake against Meath on Sunday but we are looking forward to it," added Walsh.

The Royals come into the clash in Salthill on the back of a disappointing defeat at home to Cavan. At one stage in that game they led by eight points before succumbing to a superb Cavan fightback and eventually going down by seven points.

With only one game at home to come, against league leaders Tyrone, Mick O'Dowd's side will be eager to accumulate more points to ensure they don't get dragged into a relegation battle.

Irish Independent

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