CONOR WHELAN has been named to the bench for Galway as Henry Shefflin prepares to welcome his former boss, Brian Cody, to Pearse Stadium this Sunday.
helan suffered a worrying hamstring injury in Galway’s opening day stalemate with Wexford in Leinster SHC’s round robin group, and he consequently missed the weekend’s run by 25 points last ahead of Westmeath.
However, his inclusion at No.26 on Galway’s matchday panel to face Kilkenny suggests the injury – suffered just a fortnight ago – was relatively minor.
Shefflin named an unchanged starting 15 as he prepares to welcome his native cats to the west. Aside from a few positional tweaks, it’s like being part of the tribe after their 3-36 1-17 win over Westmeath.
Meanwhile, Cillian Buckley returns to the Kilkenny side in midfield, with John Donnelly dropping to the bench.
GALWAY (CHS v Kilkenny) – E Murphy; J Grealish, Daithi Burke, D Morrissey; P Mannion, G McInerney, F Burke; J Cooney, T Monaghan; David Burke, C Cooney, C Fahy; E Niland, B Concannon, C Mannion. Subs: D Fahy, D Cronin, T Killeen, TJ Brennan, S Ryan, J Coen, J Hastings, G Lee, K Cooney, E Burke, C Whelan.
KILKENNY (CHS) – E Murphy; M Butler, H Lawlor, T Walsh; M Carey, P Deegan, C Browne; J Maher, C Buckley; Walsh W, Walsh P, Mullen A; B Ryan, TJ Reid, E Cody. Subs: D Brennan, C Delaney, R Reid, D Blanchfield, C Fogarty, C Kenny, A Murphy, J Donnelly, M Keoghan, R Leahy, T Phelan.