Clare’s hopes of overcoming Tipperary in the national hurling league quarter final next week have been dealt a huge b low with the news that both David McInerney and Shane O’Donnell have been ruled out for up to four weeks due to injury.
McInerney, star of last week’s win over Limerick which sealed promotion, is out with a back injury which also kept him out of this week’s opening game with his club Tulla in the Clare Champion cup.
Eire Og’s Shane O’Donnell has picked up a foot injury which will keep him out for up to a month.
Already without Tony Kelly, Seadna Morey, Jack Browne, Shane Golden and Pat Donnellan due to injury, the loss of McInerney and O’Donnell further weakens the Clare side.
On the credit side, Newmarket’s Colin Ryan is expected to be available having missed the Limerick game as he was on honeymoon.
Meanwhile, panellist Jack Browne from the Ballyea club has been named at corner back in the Fitzgibbon cup all stars team which was named at the weekend. Browne played with U.L who went down to their neighbours Mary Immaculate College after two lots of extra time in the final. Mary I., the winners, have seven on the team
By Seamus Hayes