Mannion’s ankle injury a major concern for final

Galway full forward Cathal Mannion underwent a scan last Monday on the ankle injury he suffered during the first half of the facile win over Offaly.

At the time of going to print, management was still waiting for the full results of all the scans, but it is unlikely to be a long term injury.

It appears the former All-Star has suffered some ligament damage and it will be a real race against time to see if he can be fully fit to take his place on the starting 15 for Sunday week's Leinster final.

With only 10 days, it would be a really positive result for the Galway medical team to have him back match fit.

Mannion scored two early points last weekend and was moving well before his injury. Despite briefly trying to continue, the Ahascragh Fohenagh clubman was replaced on 24 minutes by Shane Maloney, who hit four points from play.

Definately out of action is Johnny Glynn who is currently in New York recovering from a knee procedure.

An ankle injury is also threatening Wexford’s Conor McDonald’s possible participation in the Leinster final.

The young Wexford star damaged ankle ligaments in training recently and is a major doubt for this highly-anticipated showdown.

McDonald scored five points, including four from frees, in the Model County’s exciting semi-final win over Kilkenny, and his unavailability would be a big blow to their chances of ending a 13-year wait for provincial honours.



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