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Galway captain Damien Comer pictured at the launch of the Connacht Senior Football Championship.
Galway captain Damien Comer pictured at the launch of the Connacht Senior Football Championship.

Damien Comer hopes to be back in mid June


By Cian O'Connell

Galway captain Damien Comer hopes to return to action in mid June.

Comer missed all of the 2019 Allianz Football League due to an ankle fracture.

Surgery was required, but the Annaghdown clubman is targeting a return following surgery seven weeks ago. The dynamic Comer is definitely out of Galway's provincial encounter against London at McGovern Park in Ruislip on May 5.

"It’s a bit slower than I expected, I thought I’d be further on than I am," Comer says. "But the physio and doctors are saying mid-June for a return to play."

"That’ll leave me with missing the first game anyway. Then we’ll see what happens, if we make it to the Sligo game, I’ll miss that as well. I’ve got to keep my own side of things, ready to go back whenever."

It has been frustrating for Comer, who is such an influential figure for Kevin Walsh's team. "It’s never nice being injured," Comer admits.

Galway captain Damien Comer missed the 2019 Allianz Football League due to an ankle injury.
Galway captain Damien Comer missed the 2019 Allianz Football League due to an ankle injury.

"Watching the lads play was different. I’ve been lucky enough, even up to last year with the college and everything, I was nearly surprised I didn’t pick up an injury along the way because I was playing so much.

"It could have been my body this year telling me I needed a rest. It’s just unfortunate really the way it worked out, it didn’t get picked up the first time.

"It delayed a few weeks. But I’m positive, I’m just rehabbing away and trying to get my body in as good a shape as I can before getting back. Whenever that time comes to come back, I’ll be as prepared as possible."

Comer suffered the injury during the Christmas Holidays. "Yeah, on St Stephen’s Day in a soccer match we play every year," Comer states. "So it was an innocuous enough thing.

"It would have been fine if it had been picked up in the first scan. It didn’t. It just showed up a small bit of damage. Then I got it scanned again, it showed a fracture so I’d to go for surgery then.

"I wasn’t training away. There was still pain, I just didn’t know what was wrong with it. I hadn’t done much because I wasn’t really able, it was too sore. I wouldn’t have done an awful lot of damage, but when it showed up the second time, it showed up the fracture and I had to get a screw to fix it."

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