Galway defender Finian Hanley has cast doubt over whether Micheal Meehan is ready for a full senior inter-county championship game.
Meehan has suffered a horrendous streak of injuries in recent years, in particular a serious ankle problem, but made a return to competitive action when he was introduced during Galway’s impressive Connacht championship victory over Roscommon last Sunday week.
Yet Hanley feels that Saturday week’s semi-final showdown against Sligo in Pearse Stadium may come too soon for Meehan.
“I don’t think 70 minutes is on the cards for him yet. I know he played a club match at the weekend. He came through all right but I don’t think he played it all. Hopefully if we can last into late June, July, he’ll be able to see 70 minutes before the middle of summer. But I don’t think at the minute he is ready for a full 70. It takes him a lot of time to recover after games. His foot was up for three or four days after the 20 minutes he played against Roscommon.”
Hanley agrees that the availability of Meehan is a huge boost to the Tribesmen and has praised the Caltra man’s spirit in fighting back from injuries.
“It’s unreal. Even just chatting to the lads [Eamonn Callaghan, Bryan Sheehan and Eoin Cadogan] and they were saying that they know as opposition counties how good the guy is.
“He’s a credit because the attitude he’s had over the last few years has been phenomenal.
“He’s been out for three years but he’s always been there and has trained so hard. It’s great that he’s back because it would be tough if he put all that work in with no reward. But he’s got his reward the last day. He was delighted with himself. Hopefully he can kick on from it.”
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