Thursday 14 December 2017

Tribe's walking wounded face final fitness race

Galway hurling boss Micheál Donoghue. Photo: Sportsfile
Galway hurling boss Micheál Donoghue. Photo: Sportsfile

Michael Verney

Galway hurling boss Micheál Donoghue is sweating on the fitness of Cathal Mannion and Joseph Cooney for their Leinster final date with Wexford on July 2 while Jonathan Glynn will definitely play no part as he recovers from minor knee surgery.

Donoghue is awaiting scan results on the ankle injury which Mannion sustained against Offaly last Sunday and, with the All-Star attacker leaving O'Moore Park in a protective boot, he is in a race against time to prove his fitness.

Cooney sat out the Faithful clash with a hamstring injury but has a fighting chance of facing the Model County.

Glynn, who continues to live and work in New York, is recovering after his knee operation and Donoghue reported: "Jonathan is working really hard so hopefully he'll be able to do something the week after the Leinster final.

"He's only three weeks out so he's back to see the surgeon in another week or so and we'll re-assess it again then and see where we're at."

Elsewhere, Brian Cody cannot call on John Power's services for the qualifiers after the Carrickshock attacker, who starred in attack alongside older brother Richie in their All-Ireland final replay win over Tipperary three years ago, opted to leave the Cats' fold.

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