Former Galway captain David Collins says defender John Hanbury will be a 'major loss' if an ankle injury keeps him out of Sunday's All-Ireland final against LImerick.

The corner-back limped off injured during the semi-final replay win over Clare and is considered a major doubt for the decider as Micheal Donoghue's men go in search of an elusive two in a row.

Speaking on RTÉ 2fm's Game On, Collins was unable to confirm the reports but admitted the 25 year old is now the biggest injury concern after reports Gearóid McInerney was winning his fitness battle.

Collins believes the Rahoon-Newcastle clubman would have been detailed with marking Limerick dangerman Aaron Gillane and is unsure any replacements have the same dogged abilities to tie up the talented Patrickswell forward.

"John, if he is out, is a major loss. I had him tagged on Aaron Gillane," said Collins. "Gillane is averaging 6-7 scores every game. Hanbury is tight, he's sticky and if he is missing you are bringing in [Seán] Loftus or bringing [Adrian] Tuohy over.

"If he is out, which I hope he is not," added Collins. "But an ankle injury, if serious, you are looking at 2-3 weeks."

Collins expressed his desire the decision on Hanbury's involvement be made in a timely fashion: "It does unsettle a team if that decision is not being made."

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