Clare management duo Donal Maloney and Gerry O’Connor have been dealt a blow, as Conor Ryan is set to take a year out due to medical reasons.
The 2013 All-Star has had his health issues in recent years, but on his day is regarded as one of the most potent hurlers around.
According to Club Clare, Ryan will not be partaking in the 2017 season with the Banner, as he takes a sabbatical due to medical advice.
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This comes as a setback to the Banner, who recorded a huge win over Kilkenny at the weekend. The victory inflicted Brian Cody’s heaviest defeat during his time as manager of the Cats, and although much of the talk has surrounded Kilkenny’s woes, credit must be given to Clare.
After things went stale under Davy Fitzgerald, it appears that Clare are playing with a new lease of life under the new management duo.
However, the loss of Ryan leaves a major hole, and his absence will be felt as they build towards the championship opener against Limerick in June.