Clare have been dealt an injury blow as they begin preparations for their All-Ireland quarter-final clash with Tipperary.
David McInerney strained his hamstring in training on Tuesday night and is now in a race against time to be fit for the July 22 meeting with the reigning All-Ireland champions, according to Club Clare.
This news will come as a cause for great concern amongst the Banner faithful, who will be hoping their team can bounce back from their Munster SHC final defeat to Cork last Sunday with a strong performance against Tipp.
The manner in which they were second best in Thurles on Sunday will also be alarming for Clare folk, as they were comprehensively beaten all over the pitch. This was following a lacklustre display in the provincial semi-final, which saw them just get over the line against a poor Limerick side.
Although in the aftermath of the Munster final loss, joint-manager Donal Moloney insisted his side will have a strong say in the latter stages of the All-Ireland series, Clare will go into the game as massive underdogs, considering the Premier’s performance against Dublin on Saturday evening in Semple Stadium. Michael Ryan’s charges looked to be back to their best having wobbled since their league final hammering at the hands of Galway. They racked up 6-26, with Seamus Callanan contributing 3-11 of that tally.
The big worry for Moloney and joint manager, Gerry O’Connor, will be that McInereney would have been the man touted to pick up Callanan in an effort to restrain him. With the Drom-Inch star back in top form and McInereney under pressure to be fit for the tie, this quarter-final could be a mountain about to grow a lot steeper for the Banner to climb.
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