Cooke and Duggan added to the long casualty of Galway footballers

Galway's Damien Comer who has recovered from an ankle injury and is back training with the county football panel ahead of their Connacht championship opener against London next month.
Galway's Damien Comer who has recovered from an ankle injury and is back training with the county football panel ahead of their Connacht championship opener against London next month.

HAVING lightheartedly suggested to Kevin Walsh that he might be considering becoming a player-manager this summer due to the Galway football squad’s continuing injury crisis, he revealed that their casualty list had become even longer.

With team captain Damien Comer (ankle), Adrian Varley (shoulder), Declan Kyne (ankle), Cillian McDaid (metatarsal) and Paul Conroy (double leg break) all set to miss Galway’s provincial championship openers against London and Sligo next month, the news that Peter Cooke (foot) and Ciaran Duggan (knee) are now also sidelined will stretch the squad’s midfield resources to the limit.

Walsh admitted their injury woes were disappointing, especially given Galway’s looming clash against London in Ruislip on Sunday, May 5, with both Cooke and Duggan unlikely to be fit in time for the tussle with the Exiles.

“We are not having a great run of it with injuries, but I was more than happy with out league displays given we were missing so many. To have a chance of qualifying for the league final heading into the last round of group matches was a good position to be in.”

The Galway manager reflected on the away loss to Tyrone. “Seven minutes of sloppiness cost us and there was also a black and a red card against us that day. Our priority at the start of the league was to stay in Division One and we obviously achieved that comfortably.”

He is expecting a very competitive Connacht championship and is not prepared to look further than the collision with London, but Galway’s ranks have been boosted by the availability of the all-conquering Corofin contingent, including Jason Leonard and Martiin Farragher who are new additions to the panel.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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