Tuesday 19 November 2019

Callanan ruled out but Glynn and Canning fit to face Cats

Galway goalkeeper Colm Callanan. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Galway goalkeeper Colm Callanan. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Michael Verney

Michael Verney

Colm Callanan is unlikely to be available for Galway's Leinster SHC final date with Kilkenny as his bad luck with injury looks set to rule him out of their July 1 clash.

The former All-Star goalkeeper has been hampered by a series of muscle injuries this season and his last competitive appearance for the Tribesmen was in last September's All-Ireland final win.

James Skehill has deputised in his absence and is in pole position to hold on to the No 1 shirt until the end of the year but Galway boss Micheál Donoghue is happy with the "massive progress" Callanan is making.

"I doubt he will be available," Donoghue said at yesterday's press briefing in Lough Rea Hotel and Spa. "He has just been a bit unlucky. He has made massive progress to get back and then he has got another setback. He is on the way again.

"He just had a really bad vein of injury. It's not that they are terribly bad they are just taking a lot of time to settle. We are delighted to have him within the set-up. He has massive experience, he is a huge leader within the group."

Donoghue said his troops came through the round-robin stages "fairly unscathed" with Hurler of the Year Joe Canning fully fit after a minor knee problem.

Johnny Glynn is also in contention after making "good progress" from a hamstring injury picked up against Wexford in round two as Donoghue outlined his wish for an extra rest week during a "pretty hectic" schedule.

"It was very competitive, both provincial championships were very competitive. But it is tiring and it is taxing. You are just going from game, recovery, preparation for the next game," he said.

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"The flip side of that is that from the players' perspective, they love playing the games. Maybe previously having an extra week or one collective week where it's off but it's been really good to us, we're happy to have gone through it."

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