Conor Cleary remains Clare’s major injury concern ahead of Sunday’s Munster senior hurling final against Limerick.
The Miltown clubman sustained a dislocated shoulder during the Banner’s final round win over Cork just over two weeks ago.
It is believed Cleary is unlikely to recover on time for the Shannonside derby, with Cian Nolan, Paul Flanagan and Seada Morey among the frontrunners to take his place.
2013 All Ireland winner Colin Ryan says his absence will have given plenty headaches for management to contend with.
Meanwhile John Kiely feels his side have been tested most this year than in any other season that has seen them reach the provincial decider.
The Limerick boss says it hasn’t been an easy road back as they bid for a fifth consecutive crown.