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John Conlon returns from injury to face Waterford in the Munster semi-final

Conlon and O’Brien to face Waterford

Clare’s chances of beating Waterford in tomorrow’s Munster senior hurling semi-final have received a huge boost with the news that both John Conlon and Oisin O’Brien have recovered from injury and are named in the starting line up.

The return of the Clonlara clubmen are the only changes from the side which started the league final replay against the same opposition. They replace Jack Browne and Aaron Cunningham.

There is further good news for Clare fans as David McInerney has been included in the match day panel which, it is understood, also includes Aaron Cunningham. McInerney hasn’t hurled since helping Clare overcome Limerick in the final group game in division 1B of the league while Cunningham suffered a hamstring injury when helping his club Wolfe Tones to victory over Newmarket in the opening round of the Clare senior hurling championship.

The team is Patrick Kelly (Inagh-Kilnamona): Oisín O’Brien (Clonlara), Cian Dillon (Crusheen), Conor Cleary (Miltown St Josephs); Brendan Bugler (Whitegate), Pat O’Connor (Tubber), David Fitzgerald (Inagh-Kilnamona); David Reidy (Éire Óg), Colm Galvin (Clonlara); John Conlon (Clonlara), Tony Kelly (Ballyea), Darach Honan (Clonlara); Podge Collins (Cratloe), Shane O’Donnell (Éire Óg), Conor McGrath (Cratloe).

The throw in time is 4p.m and the game will be preceded by the meeting of the same counties in the intermediate championship semi-final.

By Seamus Hayes

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