Joe Canning is expected to serve a time ban rather than a match ban after receiving a straight red card during yesterday's Wild Geese Trophy match in Sydney.
Last year's Hurler of the Year was sent off for a high tackle on Kilkenny defender Enda Morrissey during the exhibition game, which Galway won after a free-taking competition. A time ban would mean that Canning won't miss any games when the new season begins in January.
Galway manager Micheal Donoghue felt his talisman was unlucky to be sent off, telling the Irish Daily Star: "I am not going to say yay or nay, but I don't think it was the right call.
"At the time I didn't think, maybe on reflection, on seeing it back. He's not that kind of player - you know what I mean. I hope Enda Morrissey is okay."