Thursday 23 March 2017

Replay scuppers Galway's training-camp plan

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Galway have had to shelve a planned training camp in Carton House this week because of Saturday night's Leinster hurling semi-final replay with Offaly.

The squad was due to convene at the Maynooth venue yesterday for four days, but the replay has derailed those plans.

"Win or lose last Sunday, the camp was always part of our plans," said Galway hurling secretary John Fahey. "Whether that was for a Leinster final or a qualifier game it didn't matter.

"But with a game this weekend it just couldn't be done. These camps lean towards a certain type of training."

Galway have injury concerns ahead of the replay in Portlaoise, with Damien Hayes the most likely to sit it out because of a swollen knee.

There were fears that Joe Canning had broken a bone in his hand, but an X-ray revealed no break on Monday.

Hayes has been carrying the knee injury for a few weeks and had a scan on Monday to assess the damage.

"We'd be more hopeful about Joe than Damien at this stage," said Fahy.

"Joe was sore and the hand is badly bruised, but hopefully he'll be okay."

Galway can welcome back Andy Smith as his four-week suspension for being sent off against Wexford in the quarter-final will have expired on Friday night.

It is expected that Smith will be added to the half-forward line as the most likely replacement for Hayes, should the Portumna man not make it.

Irish Independent

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