Saturday 24 August 2019

Canning eyes return for Tribe Leinster tilt

Galway's Joe Canning. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Galway's Joe Canning. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Ollie Canning believes his brother Joe is on track to make a comeback for Galway "some time around the end of the Leinster championship" after undergoing a successful operation on a groin problem.

The 2017 Hurler of the Year picked up the injury in the NHL semi-final defeat to Waterford and underwent surgery a fortnight ago. In the wake of the injury, Galway GAA officials indicated the projected recovery would take 14-16 weeks.

The Tribesmen's final round-robin match in Leinster comes with a trip to Parnell Park to face Dublin on June 16, just 12 weeks after sustaining the injury, with the provincial final scheduled for a fortnight later should Micheál Donoghue's men make it that far.

Former Galway great Ollie agreed that the injury came at a terrible time for his brother.

"He was going very well this year in the league to be fair to him," Canning said as Sky Sports launched their GAA championship coverage for the 2019 season.

"There's never a good time to get a long-term injury like that.

"It must be very frustrating for him, it's very disappointing especially at this stage when you have got a lot of work done early in the year and the hard slogging done and training from the start of the year.

"Once he got his head around the injury he just needed to focus his energy on doing the recovery as best as possible.

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"I was asked earlier about the time-scales.

"After surgery there's no rehab going on, you just have to let the thing settle down so there's no rehab for the next couple of weeks and after that you'll have a better idea as to whether it will be 14 weeks, 16 weeks or 12 weeks.

"But I'd say he'll be aiming for some time around the end of the Leinster championship, I imagine."

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