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Galway United to bring in two loan signings as McCormack makes return from knee surgery

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From this week's Galway City Tribune

From this week's Galway City Tribune

Galway United to bring in two loan signings as McCormack makes return from knee surgery Galway United to bring in two loan signings as McCormack makes return from knee surgery

Galway United are set to unveil two loan signings for the new season over the weekend as John Caulfield’s side complete their preseason campaign with a game against Wexford FC in Eamonn Deacy Park tomorrow (7pm).

Having said last week that the addition of a striker would conclude the club’s work on the transfer market for the new season, the United manager has now told City Sport that a left-back is also being brought on board, with the deal “99% over the line”.

The player in questions is Al-Amin Kazeem, a 21-years-old full-back who is joining on loan for League 2 side, Colchester United. According to the Transfer Market website, the English defender has made 14 appearance for the Essex club, but he is also listed on that football stat website as having missed 17 games for The U’s this season due to an ankle injury.

According to Caulfield, Kazeem has been with United for the past week, playing in the friendlies against both Longford Town on Saturday (a 3-0 win over United), and Sligo Rovers on Tuesday (1-1 draw).

He will feature in tomorrow’s game against Wexford, and the United manager is hopeful the signing of a new striker will also be completed on time for the game, with that also set to be a loan signing.

Tomorrow’s game will be United first and only preseason friendly on their home turf, a situation which the manager admits is hardly from ideal, but says was outside of the club’s control.

“Obviously we wanted to have more games at home but Eamonn Deacy Park wasn’t available, and it is hard to get grass pitches at this time of year. I didn’t want to play on artificial pitches, that is of no benefit to us and, for me anyway, you are always concerned about picking up injuries playing on that surface,” he said.

Speaking of injuries, both Maurice Nugent and club captain, Conor McCormack, are likely to miss the start of the season. McCormack missed the last five games of last season and had surgery on a knee injury before Christmas, and as a result, has only managed a 45-minute spell against Sligo Rovers on Tuesday in preseason; while Nugent is also currently sidelined and is only able for light training.

Caulfield admits his side were poor in the opening 45 minutes of that game against Sligo in Castlebar on Tuesday, but he was much happier with how they played in the second-half.

Pictured: Galway United club captain Conor McCormack, who had knee surgery before Christmas.

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