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Sunday 25 September 2016

Clare hopeful hospitalised Davy will be back in dugout for crunch clash

Ryan Nugent

Published 21/07/2016 | 02:30

Clare hurling boss Davy Fitzgerald celebrates with fans after the Allianz Hurling League Division 1 final replay in May Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach
Clare hurling boss Davy Fitzgerald celebrates with fans after the Allianz Hurling League Division 1 final replay in May Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach

The Clare hurling team are hopeful manager Davy Fitzgerald will be able to attend the county's crunch All-Ireland quarter-final this weekend after he was admitted to hospital.

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The Banner boss initially spent a night at a health clinic in Galway on Tuesday.

However, Mr Fitzgerald was then transferred to Beaumont Hospital in Dublin early yesterday morning.

Mr Fitzgerald has undergone tests at the hospital in relation to the health concern.

However, Clare GAA chairman Joe Cooney was hopeful their manager would be back in the dugout for Sunday's match, with Clare due to take on Galway in Semple Stadium, Thurles, at 2pm.

"We haven't heard any results from those tests yet, but we are hopeful we will have him on the line on Sunday. Naturally enough, his health has to be a concern," he said.

"At the moment, we feel for Davy and his family and all we're hoping is that Davy is OK and we'll have him at the weekend," he added.

He was expected to be kept in hospital overnight.

Mr Fitzgerald previously suffered from heart concerns while he was manager of the Waterford hurling team in 2009.

Irish Independent

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