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Galvin facing anxious wait

JOHN GALVIN is anxiously awaiting the results of an MRI scan after suffering a potentially serious pelvis injury during International Rules training over the weekend.

The long-serving Limerick midfielder appeared to land heavily during the Parnell Park session on Friday night. He attempted to get up but then fell to the turf again, raising immediate concerns about the damage sustained.

Members of the Irish management team could not be contacted at time of going to press but the player's father, John Snr, confirmed that they wouldn't know the extent of the injury until he went for an MRI scan later today. The injury was to the pelvis/groin and he was currently on crutches.

In the event that Galvin is ruled out for any lengthy period, the ball-winning giant would be an obvious loss to manager Anthony Tohill for Ireland's two-test series against Australia next month.

Among the potential Irish recruits taking part last Friday night were Joe and Justin McMahon from Tyrone, Leighton Glynn (Wicklow), Brendan Murphy (Carlow), Kevin Reilly (Meath), Colm Begley, Donie Kingston (both Laois), Stephen Cluxton, Michael Darragh Macauley (both Dublin), Emmet Bolton, Peter Kelly (both Kildare), Ciarán McKeever, Stevie McDonnell (Armagh) and Paul Finlay (Monaghan). Gareth Bradshaw (Galway) was present but didn't take an active role in training.

p JOHN 'Hotpoint' Hayes, the well known Tipperary kit manager, was unable to play his usual hands-on role during yesterday's All-Ireland SHC triumph against Kilkenny. A GAA press release yesterday confirmed that Hayes was charged for a breach of match regulations arising from the semi-final win over Waterford.