Sunday 20 October 2019

Comer aiming to be back in Galway action by mid-June

The Supermacs logo on the Galway GAA short
The Supermacs logo on the Galway GAA short
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Damien Comer is targeting a return in time for the Connacht final in mid June, if reigning champions Galway advance that far.

Comer fractured a bone in his ankle while playing a charity soccer match on St Stephen's Day and with an initial scan not detecting the damage, he only underwent surgery in early March, missing the entire league and now, most likely, the Connacht Championship too.

"It's nearly seven weeks post-operation now," he said of his recovery. "Just rehabbing away. It's a bit slower than I expected, I thought I'd be further on than I am. But the physio and doctors are saying mid-June for a return to play. That'll leave me with missing the first game anyway.

Frustration "Then we'll see what happens, if we make it to the Sligo game, I'll miss that as well. I've got to keep my own side of things, ready to go back whenever."

Comer has yet to return to even light training and the frustration is evident with the way things worked out.

"It was an innocuous enough thing," he said of the injury, picked up in a match he plays annually. "It would have been fine if it had been picked up in the first scan. It didn't. It just showed up a small bit of damage. Then I got it scanned again, it showed a fracture so I'd to go for surgery."

Galway have quite a substantial injury list for their opening two championship games, provided they beat London next week.

In addition to Comer, Declan Kyne, Cillian McDaid, Ciarán Duggan and Peter Cooke will all miss the London trip and, most likely, a semi-final against Sligo later in the month.

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