Galway supervisor Henry Shefflin is sweating over the health of centre-back Gearóid McInerney forward of their All-Eire semi-final showdown towards Limerick on Sunday week.
The 31-year previous limped off within the opening half of Galway’s 2-19 to 1-21 quarter-final win over Cork in Thurles on Saturday with a knee damage and he now faces a race towards time to be match for the conflict towards the All Eire champions.
Shefflin mentioned that whereas preliminary prognosis confirmed the Oranmore-Maree clubman didn’t require surgical procedure, it is going to most likely be subsequent week earlier than it is recognized if the previous All Star will probably be match, however he regards him as ‘a critical doubt’.
“Gearóid had a scan on his knee on Sunday. The preliminary prognosis is that it is not going to be a long-term damage and will not require surgical procedure, which is nice for Gearóid initially.
“He is most likely going to have to return and get it checked out later this week to get a greater image. It’s totally early but, we do not know the way rapidly the pressure on the knee will get better.
“However look, as regards the Limerick match, he’s a critical doubt. I would be absolutely assured in Gearóid that he’ll do completely all the things he can to get again. However realistically we can’t know till late subsequent week.”
An All Star in 2017 in a yr when he joined his dad Gerry as an All-Eire senior medal winner, McInerney can be an enormous loss to Galway regardless that Joseph Cooney did beautifully when he moved again to the center of the protection when he needed to go off towards Cork.
Shefflin reported no different accidents from Saturday’s win and he is hopeful that Brian Concannon, who carried a knock into the sport and began on the bench, will probably be again to full health as they try to finish Limerick’s bid for three-in-a-row.
Concannon was drafted in for Cianan Fahy 5 minutes from the break after which McInerney’s damage shortly afterwards pressured one other change, with Jason Flynn coming into assault and Joseph Cooney dropping again.
Concannon, Flynn and one other sub Johnny Coen all hit the goal within the second half and Shefflin mentioned that was the type of response he expects from the bench.
”The lads who got here off the bench had a big impact, which we did not actually get in different video games. Brian, Jason, and Johnny all received factors once we actually wanted them.
“It may be tough to return right into a sport at that stage when it was actually heating up within the second half and be as much as the pitch of it right away. However the lads all had an affect on Saturday, which was an enormous bonus.”
Shefflin has been working onerous on getting Galway to adapt to the fluctuations of a sport and deal higher with adversity and he was happy with the best way they responded when Shane Kingston cracked dwelling a Cork aim 4 minutes after the restart and whittled down their five-point interval result in simply two.
”The depth of the sport was a lot increased within the second half. Cork got here out and received a aim and our lead was down to 2 right away.
“Cork are such a fast-pacey workforce, and we knew they’d have spells the place we would be below stress. However I assumed we responded very well.
“A variety of lads actually stood up; ye noticed the flexibility of Joseph Cooney, with the ability to transfer from wing ahead again to middle again was incredible. Each time Cork got here at us, we responded with a few scores to remain two or three factors forward till the previous couple of minutes once they introduced it again to 1.”
Shefflin additionally dismissed the controversy over the frosty handshapes between himself and Brian Cody of their two Leinster SHC video games.
”There was quite a lot of noise round it however that was one thing I utterly switched off from to be trustworthy,” added Shefflin.
“As a participant, I had loads of expertise of switching off from outdoors noise earlier than massive matches. The way in which the championship is now, the video games come thick and quick, so you have no time to be dwelling on issues.
“Your focus has to modify instantly to the following sport and whoever our subsequent opponents are. That is at all times been our strategy thus far on this job, so it wasn’t one thing that affected me personally to be trustworthy.”
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