Tuesday 24 October 2017

Meehan career in the balance

GAELIC GAMES

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Galway football star Michael Meehan has admitted he faces a very uncertain future in inter-county football as a long-term ankle injury continues to trouble him.

Meehan, who has not played a full match for Galway in almost two years because of a series of injuries, has had to accept that his prognosis for full recovery is "bleak".

The Caltra man is one of the most mercurial attacking talents in the game. He is recovering from an operation to repair a dislocated shoulder which he sustained in Galway's last championship match against Meath in July. But parallel to that recovery is now an acceptance that his damaged ankle, for which he has already had surgery twice, is casting a doubt over his future in the game.

Meehan has targeted an April comeback but acknowledges that there are "no guarantees" that he will meet that objective.

"The prospects are not great. I have to admit that," he said. "I have to accept that I won't be able to do what everyone else can do in terms of preparation.

"The professional medical advice on this is that the ankle remains badly damaged despite the repair work and it may not get much better.

"Having said that, I'll do everything I can and more to get back playing for Galway. But it will take a lot of sound management to achieve it. There's a lot of frustration, but I've had to come to terms with it. Hopefully it will work out for me, but if it doesn't I'll have to accept that too."

Meehan is still only 27 and his absence from Galway for so long is neatly indexed with the county's sharp decline as a football power over the last two seasons.

He admits that most of his work will be done "on the bike and in the pool" as he bids to recover from a career-threatening injury.

Galway manager Alan Mulholland has opted against naming a panel until prior to the league and is sure to leave the door open for Galway's other marquee forward Padraic Joyce, who continues to battle with a persistent Achilles problem.

Irish Independent

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