Ken Hogan believes the five-week break Galway have had since winning the Leinster SHC title could be a blessing in disguise for them.
The former Tipperary goalkeeper, who hails from the Lorrha-Dorrha club near the border with Galway, reckons the extended break will have given the Tribesmen time to sort out their injury problems.
"I can't see that being mismanaged by Galway," he said in an interview with the Irish Examiner.
"From my perspective, not being too far away from Galway, I know that they were carrying a couple of injuries into that Leinster final, so winning it gave them that extra couple of weeks to clear those up.
"Joe Canning had the chance to have a procedure on his knee in that break, for instance, and that gave him the chance to get back to full fitness for the All-Ireland semi-final. In that sense, the break may work to their advantage.
"You can always look for excuses when things go against you, but I don't think Galway will blame the break if Sunday goes against them: As far as I can see, they're itching to go."