Fitzgerald return still "up in the air"

21 December 2007
Davy Fitzgerald will wait until February to decide if he is fit enough to make a return to the Clare hurling squad.

The All-Ireland winning goalkeeper, who had a very public falling out with former manager Tony Considine this year, has been out of action since suffering a horrific injury in Sixmilebridge’s county championship semi-final defeat to Crusheen last October. The top part of a finger on his left hand was almost completely severed and Fitzgerald needed reconstructive surgery to repair the damage.

The injury has left a big question mark hanging over Fitzgerald’s future, but Clare PRO Des Crowe remains hopeful that he will be able to resume his playing career.

"It has been slow and he doesn’t know (if he’ll be back)," he said.

"There has been certain progress. Certain players like Niall Gilligan, Alan Markham and Tony Carmody won’t be returning until February 1 and that’s when Davy is likely to re-evaluate his position. It’s still up in the air."