Wednesday 21 March 2018

Galway boss Walsh denies midfield powerhouse ó Curraoin is quitting Tribesman squad

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Galway's Fiontán Ó Curraoin in action against Keelan Cawley of Sligo
Galway's Fiontán Ó Curraoin in action against Keelan Cawley of Sligo
Galway midfielder Fiontán Ó Curraoin. Photo: Stephen McCarthy / Sportsfile
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Galway football manager Kevin Walsh has denied reports that midfielder Fiontán ó Curraoin has opted out of the Tribesmen's panel for the coming campaign, insisting instead that the powerful midfielder had stepped away for a month to sort out persistent injury problems.

The 23-year-old was expected to power Galway from midfield this year as they look to wrestle control of Connacht from Mayo. However, he was dogged by groin and hip trouble throughout their Division 2 campaign.

And Walsh confirmed he won't be part of the panel for the coming month.

"He was supposed to be playing in Cavan, but he came off in the game before it," Walsh said.

"There is lots of stuff going on with that groin injury so he is just looking at things to try to get a strategy to clear things up.

"At the minute he will be taking a month out."

It remains to be seen what, if any, role ó Curraoin, who won two U-21 All-Irelands in 2011 and 2013, will play in the county's championship opener against either London or Mayo on June 25.

Walsh also confirmed that Cathal Sweeney is in a race against time to be fit for the game.

"Cathal Sweeney is definitely under pressure," he said. "He hurt his shoulder a couple of weeks ago in a club game."

Irish Independent

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