Galway GAA have confirmed that Joe Canning is set for an extended period on the sidelines after suffering a groin injury in the Allianz League semi-final loss to Waterford last weekend.
Canning was stretchered off in the 60th minute in Nowlan Park after landing awkwardly following a powerful shoulder by Kevin Moran.
While it was initially thought that the injury was not as serious as initially feared, media reports surfaced earlier this week that the Portumna man would require surgery on the groin injury.
Galway GAA released a statement this evening in response to the reports, confirming that Canning would require surgery.
“Earlier this week a number of media outlets reported on the fitness of Galway player Joe Canning. These reports were entirely incorrect and were at no point checked with the Galway Team Management or Medical team.
“We are issuing this statement to correct this:
“On Sunday March 24th, Joe Canning injured his groin in the Allianz National Hurling League Semi-Final against Waterford. The injury will require surgery and there is an expected recovery period of between 14 to 16 weeks.”
The statement also confirmed that Fintan Burke damaged his cruciate knee ligaments in the AIB All-Ireland Club Hurling Final playing for his club St. Thomas. He will also require surgery and will miss the entire 2019 season for the Tribesmen.
Galway manager, Micheál Donoghue praised the “exceptional” performances of Canning and wished both players a speedy recovery.
“I, and all the team wish Joe and Fintan a speedy recovery from their injuries. They were both very unlucky to pick up injuries at this stage in the season.”
“Even by his own high standards, Joe Canning’s performances this year have been exceptional. He is in good spirits and has a positive mindset facing surgery and rehab period.”
“Fintan Burke is an exceptional young talent and his injury is a difficult blow in what was shaping up to be a great season for him. He was outstanding in St.Thomas’ run to the All-Ireland Hurling Club Final and is determined to get back playing for his club and Galway.”
“I, our medical and support team will be working with Joe and Fintan closely to help with their recoveries and return to the squad” he concluded.