Comer set to miss Galway’s Connacht title defence

Galway manager Kevin Walsh believes that the depth developed in the squad during an injury-stricken league campaign will stand to them as they face into the championship without several key players.

Captain Damien Comer is unlikely to feature during the defence of their Connacht title, with Walsh confirming that a new date of mid-June has been set for the likely return of the Annaghdown man.

Comer missed Galway’s entire league campaign with an ankle injury, and has been ruled out of the opening round tie against London on May 5 and, presuming they get over that hurdle, the next round two weeks later away to Sligo.

Walsh said:

He’s recovering well and we are targeting a return in mid-June. We’re not having a great run of it with injuries, but we will just see how it goes.

The Connacht final is scheduled for June 16 — holders Galway and league champions Mayo can’t meet until then — which would leave it very tight for Comer to be fit to play.

Walsh, though, is not looking beyond their trip to London on Sunday week, with injuries to Peter Cooke and Ciarán Duggan adding to an already lengthy casualty list which includes Declan Kyne, Paul Conroy, Adrian Varley, and Cillian McDaid.

Cooke is expected to be out for a number of weeks with an ankle issue while Duggan is troubled by a knee problem.

But Galway also had a heavy casualty list during the league in addition to the absence of the Corofin players for most of it and Walsh believes the way they coped then gives them good options heading into the summer.

“We were happy with our league displays given we were missing so many,” added Walsh, who is preparing the Tribesmen for their fifth championship under his direction.

It was a good position to be in with a chance of qualifying for the league final heading into the last round of games.

He has added two more Corofin players to the squad after their All-Ireland club success, with Jason Leonard and Martin Farragher linking up with the county set-up.

Galway’s attacking options have been increased by the return to fitness of Eamonn Brannigan of St Michael’s. And Walsh confirmed that experienced defender Gary O’Donnell will captain the team in the championship until Comer returns later in the summer.

More on this topic

Connacht chief John Prenty favours countdown clock

Donoghue non-committal on Galway future after ‘devastating’ early exit

Colm Callanan: Bench can drive Galway on like in 2017

Three changes for Roscommon as teams named for Connacht final

More in this Section

Football Twitter goes wild for cathedral bust that looks like John Motson

Birmingham 'part company' with Garry Monk

Bold move pays off as Circus Maximus wins St James's Palace Stakes

Caster Semenya: IAAF used me as ‘human guinea pig’ for testosterone limit


Lifestyle

Bake: Michelle Darmody's recipes for the perfect summer picnic

Why Doug and Monique Howlett are moving back home to New Zealand

Learner Dad: 'It’s not unusual for someone to go home in a different pants to the one they arrived in'

What’s the Occasion? What to wear on your next big day out

More From The Irish Examiner