Clare GAA have stood down two members of Brian Lohan's hurling panel for this weekend's meeting with Laois after they were identified as close contacts of the two Wexford players who tested positive for Covid-19 this week.

As soon as the two players in question were deemed close contacts, they were withdrawn from consideration for Sunday's league match in Portlaoise.

Both Clare players have subsequently been tested, with one coming back negative and the other awaiting their result.

Wexford beat Clare 2-19 to 1-21 in Ennis on Sunday.

The Allianz Hurling League clash between great rivals Kilkenny and Wexford will go ahead as planned at 2pm on Sunday as the Model County have confirmed no more Covid-19 cases in their camp.

Davy Fitzgerald's preparations for this weekend's trip to Nowlan Park were hit when two players tested positive, but tests on the rest of the panel revealed no more cases.

Both counties have enjoyed positive starts to their Division 1 Group B campaigns - Wexford recording wins at home to Laois and away to Clare, while Brian Cody's Cats have beaten Dublin and Antrim.

In 13 meetings since Fitzgerald took charge, Wexford have recorded eight wins and a draw against their neighbours, who had previously held the whip hand over the Model County.

Meanwhile Limerick's Diarmuid Byrnes has received a one-match ban for a strike on Galway's Jason Flynn at end of last Sunday's contentious clash.

The Treaty man will miss the rematch of last year's All-Ireland final against Waterford after TV cameras picked up his strike on Flynn, which was mentioned in referee James Owens' report, despite the official taking no action at the time.

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