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Galway senior hurling manager Shane O’Neill is set to receive a massive as he confirmed Joe Canning will play against Tipperary in the upcoming Allianz Hurling League. The game itself takes place in Salthill on Sunday.
The meeting between the sides will the first since 2017 when Canning landed a super free in the All-Ireland semi-final to win the game for Galway. In fact, Galway then went on to beat Waterford in the All-Ireland final that year, their first title since 1988. Canning went off injured in the league loss to Limerick but his manager has said he was back training at the weekend.
Speaking to RTE about the 2017 Hurler of the Year, O’Neill said, “Joe is fine, he’s back training,”. The former Na Piarsaigh boss continued, “He just got a hurley in the elbow and his hand wasn’t working. It was just a nerve thing. O’Neill said there are no other injuries to report as his side prepare to face the All-Ireland Champions.
Four time All-star David Burke is also set to return to the setup after he has spent the last few weeks travelling. O’Neill didn’t confirm whether or not he will be in the contention for a start on Sunday. Daithi Burke is also set to return after an extended break having help guide Corofin to a 3rd successive All-Ireland title last month. The 27 year old has been one of the best hurling full backs the last decade scooping all star hurling awards in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.