Tuesday 28 January 2020

Bradshaw in race to be fit for Galway opener

Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

GALWAY defender Gareth Bradshaw faces a race against time to be fit for the Tribesmen's championship opener against Roscommon next month.

The wing-back picked up a medial ligament strain in his knee during Galway's final Allianz NFL Division 2 clash against Kildare, but manager Alan Mulholland is hopeful he will be fit for the May 20 game at Hyde Park.

"If everything going smoothly, he should be back in three weeks, but we'll just have to wait and see," said Mulholland. "There are club games in the weeks running up to the Roscommon match and ideally he would need to get some game time in one of those."

Promising midfielder Fiontan O Curraoin has been ruled out of the Rossies tussle as he continues his recovery from ankle surgery following an injury picked up playing for DCU in the Sigerson Cup in February.

Michael Meehan continued his recovery from an ankle injury when he played 25 minutes for Caltra in a league game last weekend.

Elsewhere, Tyrone face an anxious wait after star attacker Kyle Coney suffered a nasty groin injury while in club action.

Coney was playing for Ardboe and incurred the injury when taking a free from the ground, with the 2008 minor All-Ireland winner having to be helped from the field.

Another attacker, Ronan O'Neill, will undergo surgery on his cruciate next Tuesday, while Justin McMahon is a doubt for the NFL Division 2 final against Kildare on Sunday week. However, Joe McMahon and Martin Penrose are expected to be available.

Meanwhile, the main terrace at O'Moore Park, Portlaoise, will not be in use for Saturday's football-hurling double-header.

Work on barriers is on-going as a result of a safety report on GAA grounds, which called for improvement at many venues throughout the country.

It means that patrons in Portlaoise will have to use the stand or the areas behind the goals for the Dublin-Cork All-Ireland U-21 football semi-final (2.0) and the Dublin-Galway Division 1A hurling relegation play-off replay (4.0).

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