Galway footballers have received a big boost, with Michael Meehan lining out for the Tribesmen at the weekend for the first time since their championship exit to Meath last summer.
Meehan, battling to overcome a complicated ankle injury, played the second half of a challenge match against Laois and could now be available for the Connacht championship opener against Roscommon on Sunday fortnight.
There was further good news as Sean Armstrong also returned to action for the first time since suffering a leg injury in training in early March.
"Both Sean and Michael came on for the second half for us against Laois and made an impact. They both scored from play," said manager Alan Mulholland.
"Their return is a big positive for us ahead of the Roscommon match."
Mulholland and Laois boss Justin McNulty both utilised their squads in the challenge game which was won by Galway.