Tipperary footballers face into the qualifier battle with Galway this weekend after being hit more injury setbacks.
Already without the services of ace marksman Barry Grogan and Alan Moloney through injury Tipperary will now be without the services of key player Philip Austin who was injured playing hurling for his club over the weekend.
The build up to the clash with Galway has not been helped by the injury situation which also affected the team that Tipperary put out in a challenge game against Westmeath over the weekend.A weakened Tippeary went down by 4.12 to 2.06 against Westmeath.On a good note the game saw the return of Brian Fox for Tipperary which the Tipperary management team were delighted to see.
Even accounting for the absence of some vital players it was a very disappointing performance from Tipperary so close to the Galway challenge.Philip Austin is a big blow.He injured his hamstring in a club intermediate hurling match over the weekend while Barry Grogan had already been ruled out after suffering a broken finger for his Club Aherlow Gales in a match played the weekend before.
“These injuries on top of the broken ankle sustained by Alan Moloney in the game against Kerry hits us very hard.They are big losses ahead of a game like this,” said Hugh Coghlan, Tipperary Football Board PRO.
The match, fixed for Pierse Stadium,Galway (7pm throw in), brings together two teams defeated by seventeen points in their first championship outing.Tipperary will want to make amends for not reaching the competitive level that they are capable of when playing Kerry in Killarney while Galway will want to please their home crowd after losing by a big margin to neighbours Mayo in the championship.Tipperary and Galway have played each other on two occasions in the championship, in 1900 and 1904, with Tipperary winning on both occasions.The Tipperary management team of Peter Creedon(manager),Michael O’Loughlin(coach),Alan O’Connor(trainer) and Gerry McGill and Tommy Twoomey will be hoping they can overcome the injury setbacks and pull off a three in a row against Galway if they are to stay in this years championship.
On their day Tipperary are capable of pulling off a shock result but the odds of doing so on this occasion are stacked against them and the longer the injury list grows their chances of creating an upset weaken.
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