Tuesday 20 August 2019

'I'm just taking it week-by-week' - Joe Canning not working towards specific return date after groin surgery

Galway's Joe Canning. Photo: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile
Galway's Joe Canning. Photo: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Conor McKeon

Joe Canning says he is not working towards a specific return date from the groin injury that threatens to ruin his summer, insisting he is taking his rehabilitation "week by week".

The Portumna star went under the knife four weeks ago on the injury, the precise nature of which Canning was reluctant to disclose today.

"It’s 14/16 weeks from the surgery, so whenever that is," he said at a promotional event for Bord Gáis Energy when asked about a recovery time frame today.

"It could be longer. Who knows?

"I’m just taking it week by week really. That’s all I can do. Because these things, you could be going well and something might happen.

"So I’m not even thinking of putting a date on it, to be honest."

Canning suffered the injury in a collision with Waterford’s Kevin Moran in the League semi-final on March 24th, although he insisted he had no problem with the challenge.

Asked about the diagnosis, Canning replied: "I don’t really want to go into specifics, to be honest. It required surgery.

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"It’s a bit more than a dead leg, as was reported by some people."

As it is, the 2017 Hurler of the Year will definitely miss all four of Galway’s Leinter SHC round robin games although he retains an outside chance of playing in a provincial final on June 30th, should Galway qualify.

Asked whether the injury had caused him serious discomfort, he said: "When you require surgery, it will give you a little bit for a while. But no, I was back walking within a week. I was off crutches. So it’s not too bad.

"Back doing the rehab now. Just going from week to week with the physios and seeing how we progress. Just trying to strengthen up that area again as best I can."

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