Clare's Tony Kelly is set for a prolonged spell on the sideline after it was confirmed he is to undergo surgery on an ankle injury.

Kelly came off the bench in the second half to help haul his club side Ballyea over the line in their Clare SHC quarter-final win over Kilmaley, the former Hurler of the Year firing over two points in a tense endgame.

However, Ballyea manager Robbie Hogan told Clare FM afterwards that Kelly is to receive surgery this week.

The two-time All-Star will miss the remainder of the 2021 club season and it is expected that he will miss a large chunk of Clare's 2022 National League campaign.

Ballyea, All-Ireland club finalists in 2016-17, are included in Monday's semi-final draw alongside Éire Óg, Inagh-Kilnamona and Newmarket.

Defending champions Sixmilebridge had their tilt at three-in-a-row ended on Saturday after a 10-point loss to Éire Óg.