Tuesday 21 May 2019

Kevin Walsh targets late May return for Damien Comer after ankle surgery

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

Colm Keys

Damien Comer is on course for an end-of-May return after an ankle operation, his Galway manager Kevin Walsh has confirmed.

Comer missed Galway's entire league campaign and will also be out for the trip to London on May 5 for their opening Connacht Championship tie. If they win that, Galway will meet Sligo two weeks later but that too may come too soon.

"The first one, he's definitely out," confirmed Walsh. "If we win that, the second one, we'll have to see after that. But late May is the target."

Comer sustained an ankle injury at Christmas and while it was progressing a decision was taken to operate on a fracture and that took place in early March.

Walsh also lost Cillian McDaid and Declan Kyne to foot/ankle injuries. McDaid, back from AFL, began the league well but an injury that disrupted his year with Carlton flared up after the Dublin game.

"We'd love to have got him playing the league more. It felt like a missed opportunity. He's a good lad, he's been through a bit before so you'd be hoping he'd step forward quickly," said Walsh.

Walsh has not ruled out a May return for McDaid while defender Kyne is also on track for some early Connacht Championship action after also undergoing ankle surgery. Adrian Varley (shoulder) and Peter Cooke (Achilles) should also be back in the coming weeks.

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Paul Conroy, who sustained breaks in both legs in a collision during last year's opening 'Super 8s' game against Kerry, continues to rehabilitate but it will be well into the summer when he makes a full return. "He's not in contact yet. The next few weeks will determine how he comes forward when he goes into contact," Walsh said.

Galway lost out on a league final place after 14-point swing in their last game against Tyrone went against them. Some of that was down to the wind, more of it was down to errors which saw Galway concede as many goals in one half as they had done in 14-and-a-half league games prior to that.

"We'd be disappointed that we didn't push on in the last game but we have to take the league as a whole. The game against Tyrone, the first half wasn't as good as we all thought it was (they led by seven at the break), the second half wasn't as poor as we thought, bar the fifth to the 13th minutes and a few moments of madness.

"It's not something that isn't fixable, we don't let in too many goals, we pride ourselves on that. We let them in more than they were created," he suggested.

But overall Walsh is happy with the consistency established over the last two seasons. "We'd be quite happy that we have been more than competitive," he added.

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