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Mixed injury news for Galway and Waterford seniors before All-Ireland U21 final

Conor Whelan looks like a major doubt while there’s good news from the Deise camp.

GALWAY’S DELIGHT AT reaching the All-Ireland U21 hurling final has been dampened with the news that Conor Whelan suffered a suspected dislocated collarbone last night.

Conor Whelan dejected after the game Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

Whelan, one of only three senior stars who lined out for the Tribe U21s in their 0-21 to 0-19 semi-final win over Dublin, was forced off the field three minutes into extra-time.

A couple of late frees from Brian Molloy pushed Galway over the line, but the expected absence of Whelan would put a huge dent in their hopes of a first U21 title since 2011.

“It is a shoulder injury,” Galway boss Tony Ward said after the game. “We are hoping that he is going to be okay.

“He doesn’t look good at the minute, Conor would be a huge loss for us. Hopefully he will be okay.”

The 19-year-old is now a major doubt for the decider, where Galway have the chance to avenge their 2013 minor All-Ireland final loss to Waterford.

The Deise camp have injury problems of their own following their facile win over Antrim in the other semi-final, but nothing too serious.

Both Austin Gleeson and Shane Bennett left the field early with knocks, but their departures were viewed as merely a precaution by the Waterford management.

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