Tannian to miss date with Dublin
In-form Galway full-forward Iarla Tannian will miss Sunday's crunch NHL clash against Dublin because of a family wedding.
Tannian, who scored 2-2 in the victory over Kilkenny last time out, is travelling to the US to attend the wedding.
Galway boss John McIntyre may also be without midfield pair David Burke and Ger Farragher, both of whom picked up injuries last Sunday. Burke suffered a shin injury playing for St Thomas' in a club U-21 game, while free-taker Farragher is doubtful with a dead leg picked up in training.
McIntyre expects a tough challenge from Anthony Daly's Dublin. "They are going well, they have won the Walsh Cup and beaten the All-Ireland champions and are top of the league so we know we will get nothing soft up there. We found that out when they defeated us in the Walsh Cup semi-final," he said.
Meanwhile, Kilkenny boss Brian Cody has suffered a major blow, with defensive ace Jackie Tyrrell ruled out of Sunday's league clash with Waterford at Nowlan Park.
Tyrrell picked up a hamstring injury which forced him to retire in the second half of the previous-round loss to Galway 10 days ago.
The James Stephens clubman has been operating at centre-back due to the absence of Brian Hogan, whose club O'Loughlin Gaels reached the All-Ireland club final.
Cork's Derek Kavanagh has been forced to retire from all football because of a recurring hip injury.
Kavanagh quit inter-county football after Cork's triumph over Down last September in the All-Ireland final. But now he has forced out of club football too just weeks after Nemo Rangers' Munster club triumph against Dr Crokes.
David Henry will be back with the Dublin football squad when he returns from Australia where has been for the last six months.
Henry captained the team last year. His return will increase the growing options available to the Dubs' management.
A decision on this year's captaincy is expected to be made in advance of the next match against Down on Saturday week.
Elsewhere, Galway joint captain Michael Meehan will know tomorrow how long more he will be out of the game after he consults a surgeon over his ankle injury.