Monday 23 October 2017

McIntyre upbeat over Galway injury concerns

John McIntyre. Photo: David Maher / Sportsfile
John McIntyre. Photo: David Maher / Sportsfile
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Galway's injury problems are clearing up ahead of their All-Ireland quarter-final clash with Tipperary at Croke Park on Sunday.

Injuries to Niall Healy, Damien Joyce, Richie Cummins and Cyril Donnellan are unlikely to alter team selection when the management make their final plans tomorrow night.

The quartet have all been carrying knocks since the Leinster final defeat to Kilkenny over two weeks ago but were tipped to be available by manager John McIntyre yesterday.

McIntyre is happy to report a near clean bill of health for a match against a team that has found momentum in qualifier games against Wexford and Offaly, who were dispatched with greater ease than Galway managed in the Leinster championship.

The defeat to Kilkenny disappointed McIntyre and the Galway players and may impact on the crowd travelling to Croker for Sunday's quarter-final double bill.

With Cork and Antrim not expected to bring much support for the curtain raiser, an estimated attendance of 30,000 is on the optimistic side.

McIntyre still believes that Galway can be a competitive force in the championship, admitting that they are better than they showed against Kilkenny.

"I'd still be very optimistic. Galway have done a lot of hurling this year between league and championship and I think it will stand to us now. Obviously we are trying to pick it up against a team that has momentum from the qualifiers," he acknowledged.

This will be Galway's 13th competitive game this season (excluding Walsh Cup -- eight league, five championship) which has made for their busiest season in recent years.

Meanwhile, Dublin boss Anthony Daly will take some time out before deciding on his future after Saturday's defeat to Antrim in the third-round qualifier.

Daly was devastated by the defeat, describing the scene in the Dublin dressing-room as similar to what Clare's was like after their 1996 Munster championship defeat to Limerick, when the Banner men were All-Ireland holders.

Irish Independent

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