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Galway captain Collins ready for return in time for Rebels clash

John Fallon

Published 22/07/2015 | 02:30

David Collins missed the 1-25 to 2-15 Leinster final defeat to Kilkenny with a hamstring injury, but has recovered and came through a training match on Sunday without any problem
David Collins missed the 1-25 to 2-15 Leinster final defeat to Kilkenny with a hamstring injury, but has recovered and came through a training match on Sunday without any problem

Galway hurlers have received a huge boost for Sunday's All-Ireland quarter-final against Cork with captain David Collins passed fit to play.

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The experienced defender missed the 1-25 to 2-15 Leinster final defeat to Kilkenny with a hamstring injury, but has recovered and came through a training match on Sunday without any problem.

"It's good to have him back, he had no problem in that training game on Sunday so hopefully he will be fine," said Galway manager Anthony Cunningham ahead of training last night in Athenry.

"He has trained hard and thankfully has not suffered any problems."

Jason Flynn has also fully recovered from the finger injury which bothered him in the build-up to the Leinster final but hopes of having Conor Cooney finally back in action will have to be put on hold.

Nominee

Cooney was Galway's only All-Star nominee last year but he has endured a frustrating season.

He missed the entire league campaign with a broken bone in his foot and then suffered further set-backs as the championship approached.

There were hopes he might make it back for the All-Ireland quarter-final but Cunningham is hopeful he will be available if they make to a semi-final showdown with Tipperary two weeks later.

"It's very frustrating for him. It is tough when there is a recurrence of an injury but he is nearly there and if we get through Sunday there is a very good chance he will be ready for Tipperary.

"He is back running and doing some ballwork but there is still a bit to go before he is up to match fitness where there is all the twisting and turning," he added.

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