Saturday 24 March 2018

Galway rocked by Tannian injury

Iarla Tannian. Photo: Sportsfile
Iarla Tannian. Photo: Sportsfile
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Iarla Tannian may be forced to sit out the remainder of the National Hurling League because of a broken bone in his hand.

Tannian will miss Sunday's game with Offaly -- a match the Tribesmen cannot afford to lose if they wish to retain their push for a place in the league final -- and will probably be out for longer as the full extent of the damage is revealed.

Tannian damaged the hand in last Sunday's disappointing defeat to Tipperary in Thurles.

His importance to Galway is underlined by the fact that he has been their top scorer from play so far this season with 3-6 from three matches. Tannian's absence could hasten the return of the Portumna contingent to action sooner than expected.

They are not involved in this weekend's clash, but with a match against Kilkenny in Nowlan Park on the following weekend, John McIntyre will be anxious for Joe Canning et al to return despite their club exertions.

Galway have made four changes to the team for the Offaly clash, the most significant of which is John Lee being named at wing-back.

Lee, who helped NUIG to Fitzgibbon Cup glory in recent weeks, comes into the side ahead of Conor Dervan. Galway also change goalkeepers with Kinvara's Colm Callanan replacing James Skehill. Tannian's injury has paved the way for Niall Healy to return.

  • JUSTIN McCarthy's future as Limerick senior hurling manager is set to be decided by a special county board meeting next Tuesday night.

County Board officials confirmed last night that they have recieved enough requests from the necessary quota of clubs (five) seeking such a meeting which is expected to feature of a vote of no confidence in the manager, for whom most of last year's panel have refused to play this season.

Five clubs applied for a special board meeting last week but their applications were refused because they contained no specific motions.

No date has yet been confirmed for the meeting yet but it is expected to take place next Tuesday.

Irish Independent

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