LIMERICK midfielder John Galvin last night vowed to return to inter-county football next season after becoming the latest high-profile GAA star to have his 2011 season wrecked by cruciate ligament damage.
Galvin’s worst fears were confirmed yesterday that the injury he incurred to his knee during a challenge match against Down last Sunday will sideline him for the remainder of this year. The news is a huge blow to the Shannonsiders’ prospects ahead of a Munster semi-final meeting with Kerry or Tipperary on June 4.
But despite the massive personal setback, Galvin is adamant his senior career is not over and he is already targeting a comeback during next year’s national league campaign.
“At my age it is certainly harder to come back. I’m going to be 31 in July and 32 during next year’s campaign. But the other side of it is that a year off will give my body a chance to regenerate.
“I’m hoping to get a couple games in the national league next year and have a go at championship again. I’ve always had massive motivation for Limerick football and that hasn’t changed now. I’d be hoping that time next year I’ll be preparing to play for the county in championship and then I can give it another year or two after that.”
After learning the results of the initial scan on his left knee on Tuesday, Galvin saw Dr Ray Moran on Wednesday but his hopes of a quick recovery were quashed by the renowned surgeon. “I met Ray to see was there any chance but all hope was destroyed at this stage. There was tears and cursing then.
“You go through a lot of emotions in your head and it was absolutely devastating to hear. No matter when it happens, it’s hard as you’re out for a season. But now when you’ve most of the training done, it’s very tough to take. The build up to championship is always the best time of the season.
“It’s a disaster but over the last 24 hours, acceptance has started to set in. This is my 13th season and I’ve had a fairly good, injury-free career. Everyone gets caught at some stage and unfortunately my time is now.
“I’ve to wait for the swelling to go down before the operation and there’s no definite date for it yet. But there isn’t a massive need to get it done straight away. As long as I’m back by February or March next year, then I’ll be happy enough.”
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