JOE KERNAN expects to have both Michael Meehan and Seán Armstrong "fighting fit for the start of the championship" following confirmation that Meehan did not suffer any cruciate ligament damage during Galway's crushing NFL defeat to Kerry last Sunday.
The Caltra man has injured the medial ligament in his knee, banishing fears that he could miss the rest of the season, and he should be back in time for Galway's Connacht SFC opener in New York on May 2.
In the short term, it leaves the struggling Tribesmen in a battle to avoid top-flight league relegation as they will be without two of their main strike forwards now that Meehan has joined the hamstrung Armstrong in the treatment room.
"It is definitely not his cruciate," confirmed his relieved manager, Kernan.
"There is a small tear to his medial ligament and bruising to the bone. He is likely to miss four to six weeks but it is great news. I am delighted for him but for the team as well," added Kernan.
Looking ahead to Sunday's home clash with Tyrone, Galway may have to plan without key defender Gareth Bradshaw (recurring heel injury) but Declan Meehan, Kieran Fitzgerald and Fiachra Breathnach should be available.