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Saturday 24 August 2019

Joe: I've no issue over hit

NO PROBLEM: Galway hurler Joe Canning. Pic: Sportsfile
NO PROBLEM: Galway hurler Joe Canning. Pic: Sportsfile

JOE Canning says he had no issue with the challenge from Waterford's Kevin Moran that resulted in the injury that necessitated surgery a month ago and will force him to miss Galway's looming Leinster SHC campaign.

"It was fine. It was a fair shoulder and that's it," Canning stressed.

"Kev texted me after and was sound about it, just to see if I was okay.

"I appreciated that but there was no need to do it because I didn't expect to get a message given it was a fair shoulder."

In his role as a pundit on RTÉ, Donal Óg Cusack called on the GAA to address what he saw as an anomaly in the GAA rulebook whereby provision exists to protect the kicker in football, yet no such legislation applies to a hurler striking a ball.

In the incident that led to Canning's groin injury, he was off-balance by the time Moran made contact after the Galway man's legs became entangled with Jamie Barron.

Referee Paud O'Dwyer deemed it a fair shoulder challenge at the time.

"There's obviously loads of different rules in football that are different in hurling so if one of our lads did it down the far end I'd be happy with it," Canning stressed.

Canning also played down the recent addition of Kieran Donaghy to the Galway management team.

"He's a different voice, a different eye in training," he said.

"In a group situation, you can think things are going well. But if you have a different perspective on things, it can challenge you and challenge everybody in the group to become better. Which is great for us."

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