Meehan set to miss clash with Wexford

GALWAY skipper Michael Meehan has been ruled out of Saturday’s All-Ireland qualifier against Wexford and could face several weeks on the sideline.

The 25-year old, just back after being out since March with a serious knee injury, suffered ankle ligament damage in Saturday’s 1-14 to 0-16 Connacht semi-final loss to Sligo.

“I got the injury scanned on Monday and while it is just a sprain it could take a few weeks. I will definitely not play against Wexford and if we get through, I will just have to wait and see for the following week,” said the Caltra clubman.

Galway will face a run of six games in succession if they are reach the All-Ireland quarter-finals.

Meehan, who was speaking in Galway at the launch of’s sponsorship of the Eglinton Casino Galway Races Poker Classic, said it was a disappointment to again be on the sideline having been out since injuring a knee against Kerry in March.

“It is a bit of blow again having just come back. But that’s the nature of things, sometimes you get a run at it without an injury and other times it is different. I just have to work hard to get it right,” he added.

Meehan said that Galway needed to pick themselves up after the Sligo defeat and focus on the Wexford challenge at Pearse Stadium next Saturday.

“It is tough but having looked at the two performances in the two games against Sligo, there was a marked improvement from day one in Pearse Stadium to the replay, so we have to focus on the positives at this stage.”

Galway County Board have withdrawn a controversial planning application for floodlights at Pearse Stadium and have decided to start the process from scratch, following objections from some local residents.

And they are employing planning consultants CRS Ltd, who have undertaken other GAA projects such as floodlight applications for Casement Park in Belfast; Páirc Esler in Newry St Tiernach’s Park in Clones and Kingspan Breffni Park in Cavan town – in a bid to restart the process.

The floodlight application has met with opposition from some local residents and a Garda investigation was launched after a complaint was made about one aspect of a document.

The board in a statement said: “The consultants’ brief was to review all paper work submitted to and received by the county board, including objections and concerns from local residents. CRS Ltd has now completed this exercise and have made their recommendations to the board who will be withdrawing the current planning application shortly.”

Meanwhile the Connacht Council yesterday announced that Sunday’s week provincial senior football decider will take place in McHale Park, Castlebar at 4pm. The match between Sligo and Roscommon will be officiated by Donegal whistler Jimmy White, with the curtain-raiser of the minor final between Mayo and Galway throwing in at 1.30pm, and Roscommon referee Declan Hunt the man in charge for that one.


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