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Fractured metatarsal rules captain Conroy out of Galway team to face London

The teams meet next Sunday in Ruislip in their opening Connacht championship clash.

Paul Conroy will have to watch on in Ruislip next Sunday.
Paul Conroy will have to watch on in Ruislip next Sunday.
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A FRACTURED METATARSAL means Galway captain Paul Conroy will miss Sunday’s Connacht SFC encounter with London at Ruislip.

Conroy, nominated for an All Star last year, has suffered a hairline fracture in his right metatarsal and will be sidelined for the tricky tussle with Paul Coggins’ improving side.

The St James’ clubman won a provincial title in 2008 and hasn’t previously missed a senior championship clash for Galway through injury.

Conroy, a secondary school teacher in Colaiste Iognaid, is ‘disappointed’ he won’t be able to lead Galway out against London, who reached the Connacht final in 2013.

“It is very, very disappointing because I’ve never missed a Championship match with injury before,” Conroy said.

“We know that it will be a difficult game. London beat Sligo and Leitrim last year so it will be tough over there.

“Hopefully if we get over the London game I might be back for the next round, but we are not looking beyond London. It will be a tough match in Ruislip and we will need to produce a good performance.”

While Conroy’s absence is significant there is some positive injury news for Galway boss Alan Mulholland.

Defenders Joss Moore and Finian Hanley, and forward Sean Armstrong are all expected to be available for selection as the Tribesmen will be seeking to book a June 21 provincial semi-final date with Sligo.

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