Cooney injury a fresh blow for Donoghue's depleted Tribe
Galway hurling boss Micheál Donoghue has been handed another injury headache ahead of next month's Leinster SHC after ace attacker Conor Cooney limped out of club action yesterday.
Fresh on the back of the news that Joe Canning will miss the entire provincial series after undergoing groin surgery, Cooney's ankle injury compounds the sombre mood.
Cooney, an All-Star winner two years ago, fell awkwardly on his ankle when coming down from a high ball as beaten All-Ireland club SHC finalists St Thomas' suffered a 1-17 to 0-14 defeat to city outfit Liam Mellows in the opening round of the Galway SHC in Loughrea.
It is unclear how long the 26-year-old faces on the sidelines, but Galway panellist Tadhg Haran put his hand up for selection by scoring 0-9 for an impressive Liam Mellows.
There was better news for Tipp boss Liam Sheedy ahead of the Munster SHC, however, as Brendan Maher made his first competitive appearance since rupturing his cruciate knee ligament in the Premier's defeat to Clare last June.
Maher impressed at No 6 and showed no ill effects of the injury as Borris-Ileigh defeated reigning Tipp SHC champions Clonoulty-Rossmore by 1-18 to 1-15 in Holycross yesterday, while Sheedy will also be relieved to see Dan McCormack return to action after injury.