Joe Canning knows his championship season could be over before it gets started following a groin injury sustained in Galway’s Allianz Hurling League semi-final against Waterford.
The former hurler of the year has been ruled out for up to 16 weeks after undergoing surgery and while that would leave him open to a return around mid to late July.
Canning shot down talks of a return to action this summer as they need to navigate their way through a competitive Leinster Championship first.
“How do we know if we’re going to get out of Leinster? I’m not even thinking about that,” said Canning.
“Carlow is the first game and we have to take it step-by-step. It’s stupid talk and I don’t mean any disrespect, to be thinking of the business end of the Championship when we have to win matches before that. That’s not a thing that we do. As any sportsman will tell you, if you look beyond the next game you’ll get caught.”
“I’m four weeks since surgery. Torn groin, that’s all it is – I won’t get into specifics because there could be kids listening.
“It’s 14-to-16 weeks as the lads said a few weeks ago so it’s no different to that. I’m just taking it week-by-week really and that’s all I can do because if I set something for myself I might be disappointed if I get a setback. I’m just going with the physio, week-to-week, it’s four weeks now and I’m doing the rehab as best I can.”
Canning sustained the injury after shipping a heavy shoulder from Waterford’s Kevin Moran and the Portumna man clearly holds no ill-will towards Moran as he freely admitted it was a ‘fine shoulder’.
He also said he received a text from Moran after the incident. Canning appreciated the message but felt there was no need for it as it was a ‘fair challenge’.
“It was a fine shoulder, it was when I hit the ground that did the damage,” Canning said.
“To be straight up, I didn’t expect it. It was a fair shoulder so he had no reason to text me.
“But Kevin texted me. I know him. He’s a sound fella and I appreciated that. It was nice to get it, but there was no need for it as it was a fair challenge. It was sound alright.”