Monday 14 October 2019

Banner set to name Dillon for showdown with Deise

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Clare look set to recall Cian Dillon to their starting 15 for Sunday's opening Munster Senior Hurling Championship match against Waterford.

Dillon missed the entire league campaign as he recovered from a hip injury, but since Clare's relegation play-off success over Cork, the Crusheen man has featured in two games for his club, as well as the recent challenge match against Dublin.

A posting at corner-back is most likely, with David McInerney, so impressive against Cork, retaining the full-back berth that Dillon has occupied in the past.

Dillon's return would mean a move for Seadna Morey further outfield, probably to midfield to partner Colm Galvin as Clare opt for what will undoubtedly be their youngest championship team in modern times.

Brendan Bugler and Pat Donnellan apart, the remainder of the team is likely to be 24 or younger, with up to 12 coming off the two All-Ireland U-21 winning teams from the previous four seasons. Shane O'Donnell wasn't part of the last year's U-21 squad and won't be 19 until next month, but he made a big impact in the league and looks certain to make his senior debut at full-forward.

Beside him Darach Honan also appears to have done enough to hold down a place and build on his reputation, while Conor McGrath has also made good progress in the latter stages of the league from winter hip surgery and is also in line to start.

Clare don't have any serious injury concerns. Morey has been carrying an elbow knock, but it's unlikely to keep him out, while Bugler is also on course to play despite some recent injury trouble. Only squad members Aaron Cunningham and Jamie Shanahan have been ruled out, with shoulder injuries.

Waterford have been hit by a number of absentees since last year, with the retirement of John Mullane, Stephen Molumphy's army commitments, Philip Mahony's travels and Stephen Daniels' recent injury all stretching their squad resources.

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