Canning in line for return to action with Galway
Joe Canning could play his first league hurling match this season when the Galway hurlers head to Waterford on Sunday week.
Canning came through a club match for Portumna against Kinvara on Saturday and showed no ill effects from the heel injury that has kept him on the sidelines this campaign.
His Portumna colleague Damien Hayes, still recovering from knee surgery, and last year's Galway captain Shane Kavanagh, who plays for Kinvara, were also in action.
Kavanagh had surgery on an ankle injury and has put in a sustained three-month effort to get himself fit again.
All three were training with Galway last night as they sought to put the 18-point hammering from Tipperary on Sunday quickly behind them.
Galway manager John McIntyre will assess the condition of all his returning players at training over the next two weeks before making a call on whether or not they will start.
Fergal Moore, Aongus Callinan and David Collins are also back in the frame for a game that Galway must win to qualify for a league final, probably against Kilkenny.
Galway's loss to Tipperary was not a record defeat but it was their worst loss in the league for 38 years.
And the 4-23 -- 35 points -- conceded to the All-Ireland champions was the highest Galway have leaked in the league since 1965, when Limerick hit them for 8-14 in Ballinasloe.
Galway scored 3-3 that day in a 26-point defeat but their record league loss was a 34-point hammering by Tipperary in September 1963, when they lost 9-14 to 1-4 in Nenagh.
Kilkenny manager Brian Cody is resigned to being without Tommy Walsh and JJ Delaney for the rest of the league but Jackie Tyrrell and James 'Cha' Fitzpatrick are expected back for the Offaly game at Nowlan Park.
Dublin jetted out to Portugal for a week-long training camp on Sunday morning, just hours after scrambling a draw against Kilkenny. Manager Anthony Daly has pledged not to rush David Treacy back into action too quickly despite the progress he is making on the road back from a cruciate ligament operation.
"He is doing all drills except contact, a good week's training this week and who knows? But you want to get him back right for the championship," he said. "Alan McCrabbe is back jogging, he has to build slowly, his target is May 29. Joe Boland broke a metatarsal, the championship is his target. Colm McCormack has a hairline fracture above the wrist. He might be back for Cork, it wasn't as bad as we feared."