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Sunday 4 December 2016

Cooney to miss Tipp clash as injury woe continues

Conor Cooney
Conor Cooney

Conor Cooney's season of injury-stricken frustration looks set to continue, with Anthony Cunningham all but ruling him out of Galway's All-Ireland SHC semi-final against Tipperary on Sunday week.

The St Thomas' marksman achieved national recognition last year as Galway's solitary All Star nominee.

However, he hasn't played a minute of league or championship hurling this season after breaking the same bone in his foot twice, suffering a recurrence of his metatarsal injury ahead of their Leinster campaign.

His manager last night gave the latest update on Cooney's rehab, admitting he's "a doubt" to feature at all against Tipp.

"He's slower than we thought, or everyone thought, getting back," Cunningham revealed at the Galway press evening in Loughrea.

"He's limited in what he can do but we'd still be hopeful that he'll get a couple more training sessions in - but it's unlikely he'll figure.

"He's able to train but it's a bit sore for two or three days," he added, while the player is further impeded by a "hip problem which was an overhang from before".

There is better news regarding skipper David Collins, who returned as a sub against Cork following a hamstring lay-off.

"He was fully okay to play a full match the last day but he hadn't a whole pile done," said Cunningham, while David Burke, withdrawn at half-time after taking a knock to the neck and shoulder, has fully recovered.

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