Tuesday 20 March 2018

Donal Og Cusack ready to help run the line for Clare if Davy Fitzgerald is ruled out of Galway clash

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Although the Clare management team are hopeful of Davy Fitzgerald being available to coach the side this Sunday for their All-Ireland quarter-final, it appears that there is a contingency in place.

The Clare boss checked into a clinic in Galway on Tuesday night before being transferred to a hospital in Dublin for further tests yesterday morning. Independent.ie was informed that Clare were 'hopeful' of Fitzgerald's return in time for the Banner's crunch clash with Galway in Thurles this weekend, but if the three-time All-Ireland champion is unavailable, his assistants will step in.

Read more: Clare 'hopeful' boss Davy Fitzgerald will be back on the sidelines after hospital tests

The Irish Examiner are reporting that selectors Donal Og Cusack and Louis Mulqueen are ready to take over Fitzgerald's duties if he can't attend the game.

The absence of the Clare manager would be a massive blow for his young team as they look to book their place in the All-Ireland semi-final for the first time since they won the championship in 2013.

This Sunday's quarter-final has taken on a bit of added significance after comments made by double All-Ireland-winning Clare manager Ger Loughnane, when he called the Galway team gutless.

The game throws in at 4pm on Sunday.

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