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Tribes' injury problems mount

Galway's injury problems are continuing to mount, with full-back Ciaran O'Donovan set to miss most of the Leinster hurling championship.

The promising Athenry defender (right), who has been plagued by injuries, fractured his shoulder blade playing in a club last weekend.

With Joe Canning doubtful for the championship opener against Westmeath on Saturday week, it has also emerged that Ger Farragher and All Star Damien Hayes may be unavailable.

"Ciaran will be out for some time with this shoulder injury. It'll be four to six weeks before the fracture heals and, as it is a shoulder injury, it will be another few weeks before he is able for any physical contact," said manager John McIntyre.

Meanwhile, Michael Meehan is unlikely to be fit for Galway's football championship opener against Mayo or London next month.

Meehan's recovery from a troublesome ankle injury has taken longer than expected.

Manager Tomas O Flatharta said it is increasingly unlikely he will be fit for the game.

Irish Independent