Sunday 19 November 2017

Joe Canning injury 'a centimetre and a half' from ending career

Galway's Joe Canning. Photo: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile
Galway's Joe Canning. Photo: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile

Michael Verney

Joe Canning admits his hurling career was hanging by a thread after picking up a serious hamstring injury during Galway's All-Ireland hurling semi-final defeat to Tipperary in August.

The 27-year-old attacker underwent surgery to repair the damage and is eyeing a potential return in the latter stages of next year's hurling league. And while six months off is not ideal, it could have been much worse.

"It's not too bad. I'm getting the brace off one of the days so six weeks done after the operation. So rehab now for the next couple of months," Canning told Off The Ball.

Had it went off the bone, however, the Portumna ace could have been forced to hang up his boots.

"Probably a centimetre and a half away from ending my career so that's how lucky and unlucky I am in a way. If it went off the bone, it'd be a different story but there's still hope to get back."

Irish Independent

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