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Smyth to miss rest of Feakle’s campaign

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Feakle’s championship aspirations have been dealt a blow with confirmation that one of their key men has been ruled out for the year.

Former Clare minor and U21 hurling panellist, Con Smyth will play no part in the remainder of Feakle’s 2020 Clare SHC bid.

In a freak accident, Smyth ruptured his achilles during the warm up ahead of their first round win over Whitegate at O’Garney Park in Sixmilebridge. As the team list had already been submitted, Smyth had to line out when the sliotar was thrown but was replaced within one minute with Eoin O’Connor entering the fray.

Within the past week, Con has underwent an operation to mend the injury and is now expected to be on the sidelines for more than one year.

It represents yet another injury headache for Feakle boss, Michael Guilfoyle. Captain Oisin Donnellan is said to be struggling with a hamstring injury ahead of their second round meeting with Clarecastle on Saturday while Fiachra Donnellan is ruled out with a long-term injury.

Páraic McMahon is Head of News & Sport with The Clare Echo. The Newmarket-on-Fergus native also writes for national papers including The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times along with doing work for RTÉ, Today FM, TheJournal.ie and The42.ie. A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to - paraic@clareecho.ie

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