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Galway hurling boss Shane O'Neill will be boosted by the return of David Burke in the coming weeks.

There had been fears out west that Burke would miss their entire HL Division 1A campaign but the four-time All-Star is on course to be available for the latter stages of the competition.

Having come home in the run-up to St Thomas' All-Ireland Club SHC semi-final defeat to Tipperary's Borris-Ileigh, Burke then returned to his travels but it is understood he will rejoin the Tribesmen soon.

The 30-year-old led Galway to the promised land three years ago and is sure to be a pivotal figure as O'Neill bids to help Galway bounce back from a disastrous 2019 season which saw them exit at the round-robin stages of the Leinster SHC.

Inspirational half-back Pádraic Mannion replaced Burke - who had been skipper for the past four seasons - as captain for 2020 but the dynamic midfielder is still regarded as one of the game's best.

The rest of the St Thomas' contingent - including former All-Star attacker Conor Cooney, his younger brother Shane and Fintan Burke - are in the mix for the league clash with Limerick this Sunday.

None of the Peterswell/Kilchreest crew featured in the match-day 26 for their opening round defeat of Westmeath as they are eased back into county action. Daithí Burke will not feature this weekend, however, after his heroics with Corofin when landing an All-Ireland club SFC three-in-a-row earlier this month and he will rejoin the squad in a few weeks.