Wednesday 25 April 2018

Galway blow as Flynn set to miss rest of league campaign

Thomas Flynn, Galway
Thomas Flynn, Galway
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Galway look set to be without promising midfielder Thomas Flynn for the remainder of the league after he underwent a knee operation.

Flynn, who had only recently recovered from a previous knee injury, damaged cartilage in DCU's recent Sigerson Cup quarter-final against St Mary's College in Belfast.

He missed DCU's Sigerson Cup success over the weekend as they edged out UCC in the final after extra-time.

Flynn has had surgery to repair the damage but is not expected to feature again for the next six to eight weeks.

Galway have opened their NFL Division 2 campaign well with wins over Meath and Westmeath, and Flynn was involved in both games.

However, Galway are expected to welcome back Damien Comer for the visit of Laois to Tuam on Sunday after he missed the opening two rounds of the league with a hand injury.

Meanwhile, Mayo have released six players from their football squad in recent days.

Among them is former Irish rugby international Gavin Duffy, who never got to play in a competitive match after joining the squad last May.

Enda Varley, who featured in both 2012 and 2013 All-Ireland finals, and Darren Coen, who also had championship exposure in recent years, are among those who have also been let go.

Varley's last championship game was against Cork in the 2014 All-Ireland quarter-final, when he was the first substitute brought in, but he wasn't part of the match-day panel for either of the All-Ireland semi-finals against Kerry.

Duffy didn't play in any of Mayo's Connacht League matches. He had been selected to play against Sligo IT but it emerged in the build-up that he was ineligible because of a registration issue that also precluded him from playing in last year's championship.

Duffy subsequently missed the final Connacht League match against Roscommon because of work commitments with Connacht rugby. It has not been established when Duffy was made aware of the ineligibility crux.

Irish Independent

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