Collins suffered a slight hamstring tear in training last Tuesday night, and is battling to be fit to face the Cats at Croke Park on Sunday.
“It’s touch and go at the moment,” Collins revealed yesterday: “I slightly tore the hamstring last Tuesday night. Look these things happen in the heat of the battle and it will be a fight for me to make Sunday.
“Whether I get back or not is another story. We’ll just have to see about it on Friday and Saturday and make the call then. I’m hoping to be okay.
“I just pulled up. It was a sharp shooting pain through the leg and it was: ‘alright what’s going on here’. I was fresh, I did the whole session and I had no problems, then it hit me.
“The recovery period was quite good: pain for a day or two and then I was back into it. I’m just looking at trying to get back doing a bit of hurling this evening,” Collins said.
Galway could be boosted by the return of Jason Flynn after a broken finger kept him out of the Laois win however Niall Burke and Conor Cooney remain on the injured list.
“Jason Flynn comes back into hurling this week. To be honest with you we wouldn’t know until probably Saturday or Sunday. But with Jason he should be okay. You never know, he had a cracked finger,” said Cunningham.
“He hasn’t struck a ball yet, the advice on these things would be to take it as you see it. The more days you can give it the better.” Meanwhile Kilkenny’s Tommy Walsh figured 2014 was going to be his last with the county when he wasn’t making the starting line-up.
The 31-year-old retired following last September’s success over Tipperary and having lost his place in the team earlier in the season it was his brother Pádraig who wore his famous No5 jersey in the All-Ireland final replay.
In an in-depth interview with the official GAA website ahead of his Bord Gáis GAA Legends tour in Croke Park this Saturday, the nine-time All-Ireland and nine-time All Star winner felt his time in the black and amber was coming to an end when he was moved into the attack in training.
“I knew when I was moved from the backs into the forwards that the time was coming. If I was in the backs you might be out of form but you’d get back into it.
“My natural position is in the backs – that’s where I love hurling, that’s where I love training and love playing. I suppose the forwards is a bit different to that and when I did move up I knew that it would be my last year.
“I never wanted to go out on a high; my thing was to go whenever I wasn’t being picked. I didn’t think it would come that early and I thought I might get another year or two out of it. I was obviously hoping to go as long as I could and it did end a bit early for me. I would hate to be sitting back at home and thinking that if I stayed I could still have been playing. That would have been a bigger regret of mine. I’m happy the way I went out but obviously I would have liked if it had gone on a bit longer.”
Meanwhile, Tipperary manager Eamon O’Shea has received a significant boost ahead of the Munster final against Waterford on July 12 with confirmation that 2014 Young Hurler of the Year Cathal Barrett will be fit to play.
Barrett sat out the Allianz League semi-final loss to the Déise and the recent Munster semi-final victory over Limerick after suffering a shoulder injury in April on a training camp in Spain.
But scans on Monday revealed that the injury has healed sufficiently and the Holycross-Ballycahill clubman has been given the green light for the provincial decider.
County board secretary Tim Floyd confirmed to local radio that training next week may be off-limits to supporters in the build-up to the game.
Floyd told Tipp FM: “We are coming up against a Waterford team that have a system of hurling and it’s very important that we try to break down that system. There’s a lot of tactics going to be involved, it’s not something that you want everybody coming in to watch what you are doing.