*Shane O’Donnell. Photograph: Gerard O’Neill
No new injuries have been reported in the Clare senior hurling camp while Shane O’Donnell and Cian Galvin are both major doubts for the upcoming club championship.
Man of the match in the 2013 All-Ireland SHC final replay, O’Donnell has not featured for the county since the beginning of June when he scored 0-02 against Dublin in the Allianz National Hurling League.
Prior to their final league outing with Kilkenny, the Éire Óg forward sustained a concussion injury and has not returned to training since then. The Ennis man is believed to be a major doubt for the upcoming club championship and is not expected to feature for Clare this year.
O’Donnell has not been spotted at any of Clare’s championship matches. When asked by The Clare Echo for an update on the All-Ireland winner’s recovery, Clare boss Brian Lohan said, “Shane is making progress, he is making progress so we’re just hoping he will be okay regardless of hurling at all”.
Dr Harty Cup winning joint captain Cian Galvin is also set for a spell on the sidelines. The Clarecastle native underwent an operation last Friday which has ruled him out for the rest of the inter-county championship and is likely to leave him out of action for six months and unavailable for the Magpies senior hurlers.
Clare will also be without Newmarket-on-Fergus’ Colin Guilfoyle for this week’s qualifier clash against Cork. The primary school teacher sustained a hand injury in training in recent weeks which have put him out of the reckoning for a place in the matchday twenty six.