Tipp’s Seamus Callanan still recovering after shuddering Hanbury tackle

Tipperary star Seamus Callanan is still suffering aches and pains following John Hanbury’s controversial foul on him in last month’s All-Ireland semi-final.

Over four weeks after Galway’s win, in which Hanbury dangerously brought down Callanan for a second-half penalty, the 26-year-old is still receiving physio treatment on the affected area.

Callanan admits he may have suffered mild concussion in the process and is still getting neck pains and headaches after the clash.

“I didn’t do anything for two weeks after it as regards club training. I got a precautionary MRI scan on it and thankfully nothing came through out of that. I have been just resting it, minding it and being careful.”

Callanan also concedes he might not have been in the best shape to take the resultant penalty although he was in a rich vein of form having earlier scored three goals.

“I suppose it was dangerous but I suppose if someone else at the other end of the field was after scoring three goals, someone would have to put a stop to it too. Galway won the game and maybe I shouldn’t have taken the penalty. But I was taking them in training, I was always taking them so that was our decision to make on the field. So we live by that.”

Callanan, who is already back playing with his club Drom-Inch, reckons the new one-v-one penalty is still not fair on the fouled party.

“They’re difficult to take because you’re conscious of stepping over the line at the 21, you’re taking it back about five yards to allow for your run-up and all that is probably of your mind.

“The advantage isn’t overly with the person taking it. In that instance, I had caught the ball on the edge of the square so it was probably a guaranteed goal.

“So to take it back 20 yards and give you the same one-on-one scenario with the goalkeeper doesn’t seem fair. But there’s nothing I can do about that.”

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