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Rovers ace Clarke out for season


Blow: Trevor Clarke

Blow: Trevor Clarke

Blow: Trevor Clarke

Shamrock Rovers have suffered a major blow as star defender Trevor Clarke will miss the rest of the season due to injury.

Clarke, who only turned 20 earlier this week, had emerged as one of the best young players in the country since joining Rovers from Middlesbrough and was repeatedly linked with a move back to England.

But it's thought that Clarke suffered a cruciate injury in training this week and is unlikely to play again this season. Clarke sat out the first two games of this season due to suspension but once he was back in the side he showed signs of the talent which made him a cross channel target.

Rovers badly missed striker Graham Burke during a long injury layoff last season and Clarke, who mainly played at left back but also featured in midfield, will be a big loss, especially as Rovers look to challenge in the Europa League as well as the Premier Division.

Rovers, beaten 2-1 away to Waterford last week, face Sligo Rovers in Tallaght Stadium on Good Friday.

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