Massive blow for Galway as surgery rules Joe Canning out for up to 16 weeks
Galway have been dealt a massive blow with news that Joe Canning will be out for up to 16 weeks due to surgery on an injured groin.
Canning suffered the injury in the Allianz hurling league semi final against Waterford last week and the Galway County Board have confirmed surgery is required.
"On Sunday March 24th, Joe Canning injured his groin in the Allianz National Hurling League Semi-Final against Waterford. The injury will require surgery and there is an expected recovery period of between 14 to 16 weeks," read a statement.
Galway also confirmed Fintan Burke damaged his cruciate knee ligament in St Thomas' All Ireland club final defeat to Ballyhale Shamrocks on St Patrick's Day.
"I, and all the team wish Joe and Fintan a speedy recovery from their injuries. They were both very unlucky to pick up injuries at this stage in the season," said Galway boss Micheál Donoghue.
"Even by his own high standards, Joe Canning's performances this year have been exceptional. He is in good spirits and has a positive mindset facing surgery and rehab period.
"Fintan Burke is an exceptional young talent and his injury is a difficult blow in what was shaping up to be a great season for him. He was outstanding in St Thomas' run to the All-Ireland Hurling Club Final and is determined to get back playing for his club and Galway.
"I, our medical and support team will be working with Joe and Fintan closely to help with their recoveries and return to the squad."