Clare hurling star Tony Kelly does not believe he’ll be ready to return to action until the start the of the Championship.

The 2013 Hurler of the Year and Young Hurler of the Year is currently sidelined with an ankle ligament injury he picked up in training back in January.

Kelly is still wearing a protective boot and is targeting a May comeback, which would put him in the frame for his county’s Munster championship showdown with Waterford.

Speaking to RTÉ Sport, Kelly said: “I’ve been out since January and I’ve got another few weeks to go so I suppose I’m maybe targeting May. At the moment it’s not looking good for the league but hopefully I can come back in fresh for the Championship.

“It was just something simple in training and I didn’t think much of it, I’ve had worse rolls of the ankle. I went up to get it scanned and the ligament was torn.

“It’s over two months out now and I’m just eager to get back, rehab it and get back on the field.”

In the mean time Clare are going well in Allianz Hurling League Division 1B after their relegation from the top tier last season and Kelly is hoping that his side can continue their winning run in his absence.

“We’re unbeaten this year and we’ve Kerry this weekend and it’s important get another win under the belt. You can’t beat winning.

“Last year in the league we lost a few games by one or two points and in Division 1B you need to be winning games this time of the year, leading into the Championship and towards the quarter-finals of the league.

“All we’re looking for on Sunday is another win and leading into the Limerick game the following Sunday and then hopefully a quarter-final then after that.”