Tribesmen rocked as skipper Collins a Championship doubt

GALWAY captain David Collins may not feature in the All-Ireland hurling championship after suffering a setback in his recuperation from long-term injury.

The Liam Mellows player played no part in the county’s league campaign after damaging ligaments and tendons in his ankle late last year while representing Connacht against Munster in the M Donnelly Interprovincial final.

The injury required extensive rehab but Collins decided against surgery at the time in the hope that it would heal itself and he had been hopeful that he would be able to play some part in Galway’s championship campaign.

However, club and county colleague John Lee revealed yesterday that the 2005 Young Hurler of the Year was struggling to regain his fitness.

“His ankle didn’t heal as well as he had hoped. He was doing a bit of running with us earlier on but he now has to leave it rest for another while. He will be out for a good while, I think. I don’t think he needs an operation but he needs a good long time to rest it.”

Despite Collins’ long-term absence, Galway have yet to announce who will captain the team in the event of their nominee not being fit to return.

Says Lee: “There are a lot of lads like Fergal Moore and Fergal Healy and these lads who were captain during the league so, I imagine one of them will be.”

The loss of Collins is a blow for Ger Loughnane but some of his leadership duties have been assumed by Ollie Canning who has returned to the panel in recent weeks.

“Ollie is an unbelievable player. He is flying at the moment and the enthusiasm he brings is great.”


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