He hadn't played inter-county hurling since last year's All-Ireland semi-final
Joe Canning made his long awaited return for Galway on Sunday after suffering a hamstring injury against Tipperary in the All-Ireland hurling final last year.
The Tribesmen lost out to Wexford 3-13 to 1-21 despite Canning scoring a goal after Galway were awarded a penalty in the second half.
Great scenes here on the pitch in Pearse Stadium NÍ neart go cur le chéile, buachaillí Loch Garman le croí agaus le lámh pic.twitter.com/l0jozF0SWw— Wexford GAA (@OfficialWexGAA) February 19, 2017
A crowd of just over 7,000 was treated to a high scoring match where Wexford trailed by 2-07 to 0-11 at half time.
Canning's goal had given the Maroons a six point advantage but Wexford rallied superbly to claim a magnificent win.
Galway's David Burke and Lee Chin of Wexford. Image: ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne
Wexford will play Kerry next as Galway entertain Laois in a couple of weeks time.