Fergal Horgan of Tipperary has been named referee for Clare’s Allianz National Hurling League semi-final with Kilkenny on Sunday.
Horgan was in charge of Clare’s crucial Division 1B encounter with Limerick in Cusack Park.
Clare go into Sunday’s game in Semple Stadium full of confidence having won each of their 10 competitive games in 2016. Kilkenny have also put the ghosts of their poor league run in 2015 to bed by reaching the last four.
Brian Cody is likely to be without a number of players due to injury including Robert Lennon, Paul Murphy and James Murphy. The Fennelly brothers were also taken off with hamstring strains in the quarter final match with Offaly but are expected to be available for Sunday. Eoin Larkin meanwhile, has returned from armed service in Syria and is due to return to training this evening.
There is better news on the injury front for Clare. Seadna Morey and Shane Golden each played some part in Sixmilebridge’s Clare Cup game at the weekend, while Colm Galvin and John Conlon have overcome knocks picked up in Clare’s win over Tipperary. Tony Kelly, David McInerney and Shane O’Donnell are also expected to return to training this week.
Throw-in on Sunday is at 4pm with the winning side facing Limerick oR Waterford in the Final. Clare last won the National League in 1978.