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Clare management non-committal on Galvin future & sweat on suspected O'Brien cruciate

Joint-manager Donal Moloney was asked about Colm Galvin’s situation and expressed concern for corner back Oisin O’Brien.

CLARE JOINT-MANAGER Donal Moloney was non-committal on the future of former All-Star Colm Galvin following yesterday’s defeat to Tipperary.

Galvin has yet to play in the League for Clare this year and it’s understood that he’s currently not part of the Banner County panel for disciplinary reasons.

But 2013 All-Ireland medallist and All-Star Galvin, who captured a Fitzgibbon Cup medal with Mary Immaculate College recently, indicated after that third-level success that he was keen to discuss his situation with Clare management.

But Moloney wouldn’t be drawn on Galvin’s status with Clare, responding: “Our panel is open at this time and it will continue to be so. We have players coming and going all of the time and that’s the way it is.”

Moloney also admitted that the knee injury sustained by corner back Oisín O’Brien could be in the ‘serious’ bracket.

Donal Moloney and Gerry O'Connor Clare joint-managers Donal Moloney (left) and Gerry O'Connor. Source: Ken Sutton/INPHO

The Clonlara clubman was stretchered off, having been nursed back to action recently after straining his cruciate ligament last year.

Moloney said: “Hopefully, it’s not as bad as we fear. He just slipped over on it.

“He did have a strained cruciate in October but he rehabbed it back and it looked like he was back to full health. He had passed all his strength tests about a month ago so hopefully it’s not something serious.”

League champions Clare now face a battle to avoid a relegation play-off and make the top four – but they do have home fixtures against Dublin and Waterford to come.

And Moloney said: “There’s two games to be played yet. If that’s the magic number (six points), then we’ll strive for it.

“These games are essentially for us to prepare for the championship. Our panel is open and we’re trying out a lot of lads and we’re quite happy with how a lot of these are playing. If it doesn’t happen and we end up in a (relegation) play-off then so be it.”

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