CLARE’S BID FOR back-to-back Division 1 titles has suffered a blow with the news that Shane O’Donnell is set to miss the rest of the hurling league campaign.

O’Donnell, who shot to prominence with a hat-trick in the 2013 All-Ireland final replay, has been ruled out “for a minimum of six weeks.”

The news was confirmed by joint Banner managers Donal Moloney and Gerry O’Connor in an update to Club Clare members.

The Eire Óg forward started the opening two games of Clare’s league defence but missed last weekend’s defeat to Tipperary with a knee injury, and is now ruled out until mid-April.

He faces a race to be fit for a potential league final on 23 April, with the Munster championship semi-final against Limerick on 4 June a more likely target.

There is also a question mark over the availability of defender Oisin O’Brien, who was stretchered off with a knee injury after falling awkwardly against Tipp. The extent of the Clonlara clubman’s injury is not likely to be known until later this week.

But Ben O’Gorman (knee) could be cleared to return to full training later this week.

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