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Wednesday 12 December 2018

McInerney on track for final

FITNESS RACE: McInerney. Photo: SPORTSFILE
FITNESS RACE: McInerney. Photo: SPORTSFILE

Galway are confident that All Star Gearóid McInerney will be fit for Sunday week's All-Ireland SHC final against Limerick.

Despite being named in the match programme team, the powerhouse centre-back missed last Sunday's semi-final replay against Clare with a calf injury that forced him off during the original epic deadlock.

"He's made great progress and it's down to him," said Micheál Donoghue. "He worked really hard last week. All he was waiting for was the nod to go out.

"The medics have done a great job with him as well and they are continuing to do that but, until he actually goes flat to the mat and tests it, the question mark is there. But he's doing everything and the medics are doing everything, so we are pretty confident we'll get him there."

Donoghue confirmed that McInerney resumed jogging on Tuesday night and it was a case of building it up from there.

Selector Noel Larkin was even more optimistic about his prospects, declaring: "We could have chanced him last week but, if it went again, he was looking at three or four weeks out and Gearóid will be fit and ready for selection for the final definitely.Anyone who is carrying knocks, you want to play and mentally you are saying 'My body will hold up'. I wouldn't like to be holding him for 70 minutes, I'll tell you that! He was mad to play and if we needed him he was ready to go."

Meanwhile, Donoghue sounded an upbeat note on John Hanbury's ankle injury and the various knocks shipped by Joe Canning over the past two weekends.

"I think no knock is going to stop any fella from getting into the team or wanting to get into the team, so we're in a good place," he concluded.

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