Galway’s Niall Healy will miss the rest of the season due to cruciate ligament damage.

The corner-forward sustained the injury playing for his club at the weekend, with a scan on Monday confirming the injury.

Healy had been in fine form for the Tribesmen so far this year and selector Damian Curley couldn’t hide his disappointment for the 29-year-old.

Curley told the Irish Examiner: “He had a scan on Monday which confirmed cruciate ligament damage and so that is the bad news out of the club championship.

“I am absolutely gutted for him because he had been flying it. Niall Healy really put in a savage effort this year.

“He minded himself and he did everything right. He had a bit of trouble with a trapped nerve in his neck and played that club game through the pain barrier and then ended up incurring ligament damage.

“It is very disappointing and it is hard luck for Niall. We will have to get over it and it does open the door for someone else.”

Also out of Sunday’s Leinster quarter-final against Laois is Andy Smith, who hasn’t returned to full fitness following medial ligament damage in April.