Tuesday 17 September 2019

Galway star Cooney hoping to bounce back from injury 'blip'

'Kelly's wonder goal in the drawn Connacht final is the only score she managed against Cooney from open play this year, and the Claregalway stalwart hopes she will be deemed fit enough to continue her good run.' Stock photo
'Kelly's wonder goal in the drawn Connacht final is the only score she managed against Cooney from open play this year, and the Claregalway stalwart hopes she will be deemed fit enough to continue her good run.' Stock photo

A hamstring injury is threatening to rule Galway's Fabienne Cooney out of Sunday's Croke Park TG4 All-Ireland SFC semi-final against Mayo.

Cooney (28) sustained the injury at training in the week leading up to Galway's quarter-final victory over Waterford.

But with Mayo providing the opposition in an historic double-header at headquarters, she hopes to be back in contention.

Sunday's game (2.0) will be the fourth meeting of the sides this year and on all three previous occasions, Cooney has been handed the duty of marking Grace Kelly, July's Croke Park/LGFA Player of the Month.

Kelly's wonder goal in the drawn Connacht final is the only score she managed against Cooney from open play this year, and the Claregalway stalwart hopes she will be deemed fit enough to continue her good run.

Trying

"I'm trying to do everything I can to get back involved to play some part in the game," said Cooney.

"It was in training in the week before the Waterford game (when) it happened. I have suffered with injuries in the last few years, there has been something each year.

"But this year has been the best, I've played every game in the league, and didn't suffer any injury, which was huge for me. I was going well in the championship too until that little blip. I should be back to normal training and able to tog out."

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Sunday will be a family affair for the Cooneys. As well as left corner-back Fabienne, the left half-back position will likely be filled by her younger sister, Charlotte. Perhaps we'll even see the two Cooneys marking the two Kelly sisters- Grace and Mayo captain Niamh - at some stage.

But it feels like second nature for Fabienne to have her sister Charlotte's back and having each other to lean on is a massive comfort, she says. "I grew up playing with her all along so I know what she is going to do. It's just instinct at this stage, you don't really think about it."

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