An unbeaten, in-form Clare team will travel to the sunny south-east to take on Wexford on Sunday.
The Fitzgibbon Cup between the University of Limerick and Dublin City University took place on Saturday, a clash which saw a star-studded UL team emerge victorious in the competition for the third time in five years.
Due to the close proximity of the Fitzgibbon final and the Allianz League match, many top inter-county players have been forced to miss their respective league matches the following day.
This is a matter of player welfare, but for Clare’s Conor Cleary featuring in the Fitzgibbon Cup will be no barrier to him playing two top-level matches within a 24-hour period.
Leading up to the two games, there was little worry about Cleary’s potential unavailability for the Wexford clash.
Asked if it was possible to play both, he stated:
“It is, yeah… I suppose we’ve done a lot of work with our counties, conditioning and that, and we’re all well aware of recovery methods and stuff so it is possible,” he told the Irish Mirror.
Notably, Cleary’s Clare and UL counterparts Tony Kelly and David Fitzgerald have been left out of the Wexford clash having also featured in Saturday’s Fitzgibbon game versus DCU.
Of course, if Cleary didn’t feel fit for purpose, he would have sat out the clash and the fact that Clare waited until after the Fitzgibbon game to announce their starting team suggests he’s still feeling good – and that he’s ready for another battle.
What is also worth noting is that Tipperary’s Jason Forde, John McGrath and Barry Heffernan have been relieved of their duties for their derby Allianz League clash vs Kilkenny.
The Clare XV to face Wexford is as follows:
Two changes on Clare team for tomorrow's AHL game against Wexford pic.twitter.com/znn0A2wTLP
— Clare Gaa (@GaaClare) February 24, 2018