Tuesday 24 September 2019

Blow for Galway as Damien Comer says he won't be fit for Connacht final against Roscommon

Damien Comer. Photo: Ray McManus/Sportsfile
Damien Comer. Photo: Ray McManus/Sportsfile
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Galway football captain Damien Comer has acknowledged he will probably run out of time to be ready for the Connacht final against Roscommon next month.

Comer has been laid up since Christmas when he fractured a bone in his ankle playing a local charity soccer match on St Stephen's Day.

An initial diagnosis did not pick up the fracture and it was only when he had a second scan that the trouble was detected, resulting in surgery 12 weeks ago.

Having missed the games against London and Sligo in the Connacht Championship, Comer is now resigned to sitting out the Roscommon game in Pearse Stadium on Sunday, June 16.

"I think the Connacht final might come a bit soon but I'd be hoping to be back for whatever comes after that," he said.

"It's getting there. It's taking a bit of time but I'm back doing a small bit of straight line running now. I'm playing a waiting game now."

Damien Comer of Galway in attendance at SuperValu GAA Sponsorship Launch 2019 at D-Light Studios in Dublin
Damien Comer of Galway in attendance at SuperValu GAA Sponsorship Launch 2019 at D-Light Studios in Dublin

Comer, speaking at the launch of Supervalu's All-Ireland football championship sponsorship, admitted he was still feeling some pain and feels he needs to give the injury more time.

"I'm going through the pain threshold, I'm not giving myself time. If I can get through it and there is no pain then I know I'll be ready to go. At the moment I'm working with the physios and they'll guide me as to how much I will do.

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"It's frustrating, especially this time of year. It's hard enough during the league but when you see championship being played you just want to be part of it. I have to bide my time and respect my body," he cautioned.

Comer headed a long list of Galway injuries during the league but he is now at the back of the queue in terms of being ready to play matches again.

Even Paul Conroy, who suffered two broken legs in a collision while playing against Kerry in the opening 'super eight' game last year, is closer.

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