Saturday 14 December 2019

Heart surgery rules Clara's Conor Phelan out of final

Conor Phelan in action for Clara. Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
Conor Phelan in action for Clara. Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
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Serious heart trouble has sidelined a Kilkenny player for the second time during a successful career.

Conor Phelan from Clara had heart surgery last week which finished his season and ruled him out of the senior final against Ballyhale Shamrocks on Sunday week.

Phelan won senior and under-21 All-Irelands with Kilkenny in 2003. He added another under-21 title the following season.

However, during a routine check of the Kilkenny senior squad in 2005 he was found to have a leaky valve in his heart. He stepped off the squad, but he returned to action and captained the county to an intermediate All-Ireland success in 2008.

Now heart trouble has struck his down again, but he is believed to be doing well after surgery.

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