One of the most talented underage players to emerge in recent times, Canning will play at full-forward in a team that shows three changes from the side that defeated Limerick in the final qualifying game. Fergal Moore, who was ill for that game, returns at left full-back in place of Shane Kavanagh. Damien Hayes is preferred to Kerrill Wade at right corner-forward, while the inclusion of Canning sees Ian Tannion moving to left corner-forward with Niall Healy taking over the left half forward berth from Anthony Callinan.
But the spotlight will be firmly focused on Canning, who has won two minor, one U21 and two All-Ireland club senior championship medals as well as a Fitzgibbon Cup medal with Limerick IT.
Cork are due to name their team tomorrow night but selector Martin Bowen has revealed that the squad did not pick up any injuries in last weekend’s triumph over Limerick.
Star forward Richie Power is a doubtful Kilkenny starter for Sunday’s NHL semi-final against Tipperary, at Nowlan Park.
Power went over on his ankle during a practice match in last Sunday’s training session and had to leave the field immediately.
“Richie’s condition is a worry for us, and we won’t know until later in the week how he is fixed for Sunday’s match,” said Cats’ selector Martin Fogarty.
In addition to Power, the Cats’ backroom team is unsure if wing-back John Dalton will be available for the clash with Liam S heedy’s charges, the Carrickshock clubman also being bothered by an ankle injury.
Dalton played at right half-back in the final round win over Antrim, but his training has been considerably restricted in the meantime.
However, Michael Rice, out with a hand injury recently, could be in line for a recall.
All-Star full-back Declan Fanning to return or his deputy Paul Curran to hold on? That is the only dilemma facing the Tipperary selectors before they finalise their team tomorrow night.
Fanning, who has missed out on a number of games because of a finger injury, was available for selection against Waterford last Sunday but Curran continued to fill in at full-back and performed splendidly.
Established stars Jason Sherlock, Mark Vaughan, Collie Moran, David Henry and Paul Casey have been recalled to the Dublin team for next Sunday’s League meeting with Armagh at Crossmaglen.
All five were given the weekend off as Dublin pulverised crisis-hit Roscommon on Sunday last.
Henry resumes at right corner-back with Casey taking over the right half-back position. Moran and Vaughan are on opposite flanks of attack with Sherlock at top of the right.
Meanwhile, Laois footballers have received their second boost in recent weeks with the return of Tom Kelly.
The news of Kelly’s re-introduction to the panel comes two weeks after his clubmate, Joe Higgins, also returned to the fray after both had earlier indicated they had retired from inter-county activity.
The last time Kelly, the St Joseph’s player, donned the blue and white jersey was after the county were defeated by Derry in the All-Ireland qualifiers last year. However, the return of Kelly is a huge boost for the county as his experience will be important in the lead-up to the forthcoming Leinster championship.
It is highly unlikely Kelly will play any part in this weekend’s game with neighbours Kildare, but he will be expected back into the starting side when the championship kicks off.
There has been much speculation on the future of Kelly after Joe Higgins returned to training before the game with All-Ireland champions Kerry.
Kelly cited work commitments as a reason for not linking up with the panel earlier in the league, which has eventually seen the county relegated from the top tier in the National Football League.
Kelly first emerged on the scene in 1999 as part of the Laois minor side that retained the all-Ireland minor football championship title.
GALWAY (SH v Cork): J. Skehill; C. Dervan, T. og Regan, F. Moore; A. Cullinane, J. Lee, G. Maher; K. Hines, R. Murray; G. Farragher, F. Healy, N. Healy; D. Hayes, J. Canning, I. Tannion.
DUBLIN (SF v Armagh): S. Cluxton; D. Henry, R. McConnell, S. O’Shaughnessy; P. Casey, B. Cullen, G. Brennan; E. Fennell, P. Flynn; C. Moran, B. Brogan, M. Vaughan; J. Sherlock, C. Keaney, K. Bonner.