GALWAY footballers are expected to be without the services of captain Paul Conroy for what is shaping up to be an increasingly tricky assignment on Sunday in Ruislip against London. (3pm).
The St. James’ clubman has been ruled out with a foot injury leaving manager Alan Mulholland and his selectors with a major headache in the run-up to this Connacht quarter-final clash.
It’s likely that in the absence of Conroy, the captain’s armband will be worn by centre back Gary O’Donnell of Tuam Stars.
There are also serious injury concerns over Finian Hanley (shoulder) and Sean Armstrong (groin) while Mountbellew-Moylough defender, Jos Moore is also extremely doubtful with a leg injury.
Also ruled out for Sunday’s clash is ‘keeper Tom Healy – suspended for one match after being sent off in the second half of Galway’s final league game of the season against Monaghan at Clones. Manus Breathnach is expected to deputise here.
Since the last league game against Monaghan, Galway have played three challenge matches, losing to Meath and Cavan while winning against Westmeath.
Corofin’s Gary Sice has not been recalled to the panel following his withdrawal towards the end of the league campaign.
Galway will be hoping to build on their end of season league form that saw them draw with Louth before defeating both Down and Armagh in Tuam Stadium. They also ran Ulster champions Monaghan to one point in their final match of the league.
The shape of the Galway team is looking like Manus Breathnach in goal with Donal O’Neill, Johnny Duane, Jos Moore (if passed fit), Gareth Bradshaw, Gary O’Donnell and Paul Varley the front runners for the defensive positions.
Corofin’s Greg Higgins seems likely to partner Fiontán Ó Curraoin at midfield while up front Michael Lundy, Eddie Hoare, Thomas Flynn and James Kavanagh will be in contention for half forward roles with Danny Cummins, Shane Walsh and Michael Martin likely candidates for the inside line.