Galway welcome back Canning and Collins

Updated: June 13, 2012

Galway have been given a boost ahead of this Sunday’s Leinster Senior Hurling Championship semi-final as Joe Canning and David Collins have been passed fit to face Offaly in Portlaoise.

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Galway manager Anthony Cunningham told The Irish Daily Star that the pair would be available for selection for Sunday after recovering from shoulder and ankle injuries respectively, having missed the Tribesmen’s high-scoring 5-19 to 4-12 victory over Westmeath at the beginning of June.

Cunningham will need his squad at full strength to look for a positive result against Offaly on Sunday after the midlands county beat Wexford 2-12 to 1-13 in the quarter finals of the competition.

The Tribesmen will also be encouraged by the return of James Skehill who returns from a dislocated shoulder picked up against Waterford back in March.

Galway put on a free-scoring display against Westmeath but they will need to contain the likes of Offaly wing-forward Shane Dooley who will surely prove a handful after his fine performance against Wexford, which saw him score 1-8; the majority of Offaly’s points.

Galway were beaten at the same stage of the Leinster SHC last year by Dublin and a victory on Sunday would set up a difficult challenge against either last year’s conquerors or the overwhelming favourites for the title, Kilkenny.
Sunday’s clash between Galway and Offaly takes place in Portlaoise at 2pm.

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