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Canning doubt for tribesmen

A recurrence of a shoulder injury could rule Galway's Joe Canning out of Sunday's Leinster hurling championship opener against Westmeath.

Canning was forced out of a challenge match against Clare on Monday night when he took a blow to the same part of the shoulder that sidelined him for almost two months earlier this season.

He ruptured an AC joint while playing Fitzgibbon Cup hurling for Limerick IT in early February.

Galway's management are hopeful that Canning will still be ready for Sunday's clash. Of greater concern is an ankle injury to David Collins which he picked up against Clare.

Meanwhile, it is understood that Caoimhin King has taken himself off the Meath football squad. King did not feature in Sunday's Leinster SFC first-round tie against Wicklow and was not among the squad despite being listed.

He has been struggling to make an impact this season as the Meath management opted for less experienced players during a disastrous league campaign. King has been a regular fixture for Meath for the last seven years.

Irish Independent