Saturday 25 May 2019

'The surgeons are telling him 14 to 16 weeks' - Joe Canning aiming for summer return after groin surgery

Joe Canning of Galway during the Allianz Hurling League Division 1 Semi-Final match between Galway and Waterford at Nowlan Park in Kilkenny. Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile
Joe Canning of Galway during the Allianz Hurling League Division 1 Semi-Final match between Galway and Waterford at Nowlan Park in Kilkenny. Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Joe Canning will learn in the coming weeks whether it is viable for him to play some part in this year’s Leinster SHC following recent groin surgery.

Speaking today in Croke Park at the launch of Sky’s Championship coverage, Canning’s brother Ollie said no specific return date had yet been set after an operation to repair damage suffered by the 2017 Hurler of the Year in a challenge with Kevin Moran in the recent league semi-final between Waterford and Galway.

"After surgery, the first couple of weeks, there’s no rehab," Ollie Canning explained.

"You just have to settle down the injury. I’d say the rehab will only start in the next couple of weeks.

"And I’d say at that stage, you will be able to tell: will it be 14 weeks? Will it be 16 weeks? Will it be 12 weeks?

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

This year’s provincial final is fixed for June 30th, 14 weeks after the match in which Canning suffered the injury.

"The surgeons are telling him it’s going to be 14 to 16 weeks," Ollie outlined.

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"I’m sure with the rehab and…it just depends on the healing ability at this stage.

"He hopes to be back as soon as possible. But he’s definitely going to be missing most of the Leinster Championship, I’d imagine.

"He may be back before the end of the Leinster Championship. Maybe."

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