Sunday 19 November 2017

Galway boost as Skehill injury not serious

Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

GALWAY hurling goalkeeper James Skehill has escaped serious injury despite being stretchered off against Kilkenny on Sunday.

Skehill was momentarily knocked out in an accidental clash with Aidan Fogarty at Nowlan Park and was taken straight to hospital to be checked out but he travelled home later that evening.

His concussion still means Galway are likely to rest him for the a couple of weeks. "James will be fine thank God," said selector Joe Connolly.

"He travelled home with Dr Dan Murphy after the match and he kept in close touch with him for a good bit of the evening.

"I spoke to him a few hours ago and he is fine. He didn't go to work today as he has bad headaches and slept very uneasily but he will be fine. He was concussed so he won't be in consideration for a few weeks."

Skehill won't play in this Sunday's clash against Dublin, but could be back for Galway's last NHL game against Cork on April 18.

The Tribesmen have strong back-up as his replacement last Sunday, Colm Callanan, made one vital late save from TJ Reid to ensure their 2-21 to 1-23 victory.

Fresh from taking Kilkenny's scalp, Galway are expected to be boosted by the return to training tonight of the Portumna contingent after their recent run to a third successive All-Ireland club final.

Tipperary are also breathing a sigh of relief as it looks like midfield star Shane McGrath could be okay to face Cork in next weekend's big Division 1 top-of-the-table clash.

There were fears McGrath had a bad knee injury when he limped off against Waterford but it has been diagnosed as a blow to the shin bone which should heal quickly. Tipp are also hoping to have Eoin Kelly and Seamus Callanan back.

CORK County Board are being given the responsibility of investigating the circumstances that led to the Irish rugby team training in Nemo Rangers' indoor facilities recently.

But, it appears that no other clubs will be put under the microscope at present for sharing facilities with other sports, despite GAA president Christy Cooney's suggestion last week that Nemo wouldn't be "the only club under the microscope".

The GAA's Management Committee discussed the issue last weekend and have decided to ask the Cork Board to establish what happened when the Irish rugby team held one training session in Nemo's indoor facility after their original training venue was frozen over. Nemo say they broke no rules because the indoor facility on their grounds is a separate entity run by a commercial operator.

Irish Independent

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