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Kernan: Joyce will be fit for Championship

PáDRAIC JOYCE will be fighting fit for Galway's opening Connacht SFC foray in New York on May 2.

The former Footballer of the Year has been recovering from Achilles surgery last September and hasn't played all season as a result, but Galway boss Joe Kernan expects him to feature in Gaelic Park, for a game that's now only five weeks away.

"He should be out on the field in the next couple of weeks. He's out running at the moment. Hopefully, we're going to New York on the second of May and he'd be playing in that. And hopefully Seán (Armstrong) and maybe Mikey (Meehan) will be there as well," Kernan ventured.

Armstrong has been sidelined with a torn hamstring while Meehan suffered medial ligament damage in his knee against Kerry two weeks ago -- a relief to all Galway fans as it was initially feared he had torn his cruciate.

Kennelly back with a bang

TADHG Kennelly's return to AFL football proved a bruising one, with the Kerry man forced to retire in the fourth quarter after a thundering collision with St Kilda's Zac Dawson.

Kennelly -- who moved back to Sydney Swans following one ultimately successful year with Kerry last season -- was knocked unconscious and suffered concussion, but insisted on walking from the pitch despite the presence of a stretcher.

However, the 28-year old took part in Swans recovery session yesterday morning and has not suffered any long term injury.

"I'm just feeling a bit busted up and sore all over," said Kennelly. "I just never really saw him coming, to be honest. I was just concentrating on keeping my eyes on the ball."

Skehill to miss visit of Dubs

GALWAY hurlers will be without James Skehill for next Sunday's NHL clash at home to Dublin - but the Tribesmen are relieved that their goalkeeper didn't suffer any serious injury against Kilkenny yesterday.

"He travelled home with the team doctor last night - he was concussed, and we will go by best medical practice," Galway boss John McIntyre told the Evening Herald today.

That means the 'keeper will probably stay on the sidelines for two weeks, but he should be available for selection for their final Division One outing against Cork on April 18.