Galway star Meehan fighting for fitness

GALWAY manager Tomas Ó Flatharta is not certain if Michael Meehan will be fit to see action in Sunday week’s Connacht semi-final against Mayo.

The Kerry native confirmed his star forward is back training but has been suffering pain in his ankle after each session.

“He’d major surgery last November and he’s been working very hard since then,” said Ó Flatharta.

“He’s starting to play a small bit over the last week or so. It’s getting very sore after every training session.

“I’m not sure if he’ll be available or not. We’re giving him every chance.”

Ó Flatharta also revealed Sean Armstrong re-injured his hamstring on the last run of a rehab session last week.

Meanwhile Sligo defender Johnny Davey is in line to make his first appearance of the season in his county colours in Saturday week’s All-Ireland Round One Football Qualifier against Wicklow in Aughrim.

Davey played a full championship match with his club St Mary’s last week, having been sidelined since last July when he suffered cruciate ligament damage in Sligo’s qualifier defeat to Down. His availability will be a major boost to manager Kevin Walsh as he seeks to rebuild the Yeats County season after their surprise provincial championship loss against Leitrim.

Tubbercurry attacker Colm McGee could also come back into the frame having emerged unscathed from club action last weekend. Johnny Martyn and Mark Butler are also vying to be included in Sligo’s squad. Walsh will have to plan without former All-Star Eamonn O’Hara and defender Brian Curran for the game as both are suspended arising out of incidents in the Leitrim clash.

In addition, defender Keelan Cawley, attacker Kenneth Sweeney are both unavailable as they have left the country. Sweeney is now in England while Cawley has gone to the USA.

Elsewhere Galway hurler David Burke believes the county’s time in the Leinster championship has been a success — even if they have no silverware to show for their two years in it. This season marks the end of their three-year trial basis in the province and it’s more than likely they, along with Antrim, will remain in the province.

“It has worked well. The Leinster championship is taking more emphasis this year over the Munster. I can see Leinster being way better than the Munster championship this year.”

Burke insists they need the competition of Leinster to get where Tipperary and Kilkenny are at the moment.

“I’d say we’re trying to catch up with Tipp and Kilkenny, and Cork and Waterford are probably in the same boat.

“Winning a Leinster would get you straight to the semi-final. That’s one less game than an All-Ireland quarter-final if you were losing it.

“I can’t see why some teams see it as, ‘It’s only a provincial title’. You’re in an All-Ireland semi-final straight way and the less games, the better.”

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