Joe Canning receives treatment after the incident. Tommy Grealy/INPHO
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Galway boss insists Canning is not concussed and was replaced as a precaution

The Portumna man will be fit to face Offaly in two weeks’ time, according to Micheál Donoghue.

GALWAY MANAGER MICHEÁL Donoghue said that Joe Canning was not concussed when he was taken off in their 3-27 to 0-19 Leinster SHC quarter-final win over Westmeath in Mullingar.

Canning, who had scored 0-8 by the time he was replaced after 40 minutes, suffered an injury in an off-the-ball incident which saw Westmeath corner-back Shane Power dismissed.

Donoghue, in charge of Galway in a championship match for the first time, said Canning was not concussed and will be fine for the next round against Offaly and that he was hauled ashore as a precaution.

“He’s fine. I didn’t see the incident. Obviously it was the recommendation of the doctor that he came off. I think it’s a neck injury. He’s fine in the dressing room there.”

Donoghue also expects Cathal Mannion and Daithí Burke to recover in time to play Offaly in two weeks and he was pleased enough with their opening performance of this year’s championship.

“We’re up and running, put up a decent score. On reflection, we probably got a lot more from the first half in terms of what we’re looking for.

“When we look back on the game and review it, there was a lot of the second half that we need to improve on.

“They had a great win with their under-21s and they had three games in the round robin.

“Coming in for ourselves, we had to make sure we were in the right frame of mind and in fairness the lads worked very hard for the last two weeks and came well prepared today.”

David Hanley with Micheal Donoghue Micheal Donoghue (right) and Galway physio David Hanley. Morgan Treacy / INPHO Morgan Treacy / INPHO / INPHO

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