The injury suffered to Galway’s Paul Killeen against Dublin at the weekend has turned out to be as bad as first feared.
The corner-back left the field during the Tribesmen’s during the emphatic 2-28 to 1-17 win against Dublin in Tullamore in Sunday’s Leinster SHC quarter-final, and while the victory was something to savour it has come at a considerable cost.
In a press release on the county’s website, senior hurling manager Micheal Donoghue has confirmed that the 22-year-old has suffered a cruciate ligament injury, bringing a premature end to his season.
“During the Leinster Hurling Championship game between Galway and Dublin played in Tullamore yesterday, Sunday 28th May 2017, Paul Killeen left the field of play with an injury. It is now confirmed that Paul has suffered a cruciate injury which will rule him out of action for the remainder of the season.
“On behalf of the Galway Senior Hurling Panel and Management Team we would like to wish Paul our very best wishes for a speedy recovery and I ask that all of us offer our full support and best wishes to Paul.”
Donoghue had suggested to RTE Sport after the win that it could have been a cruciate injury, which would put a dampener on the win. That has now turned out to be the case, and while Galway will march on to the semi-finals, but they will have to do so without their young defender.