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Seanan Clucas eager to enjoy a successful end to the season as Glentoran ace opens up on injury nightmare that cost him over a year of his career

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The 31-year-old faced a setback in his career when a misdiagnosis initially led to him being ruled out for six to ten weeks. However, it turned out that he was dealing with two sports hernias, causing him to miss over a year of action. Despite this challenging period, the tough-tackling player, who previously represented Bristol Rovers, finally made his return to first-team action in January.

Now back on the pitch, Clucas is eager to make a positive impact and contribute to Glentoran’s success. As they prepare to face Ballyclare Comrades in the quarter-final of the Irish Cup, he sees it as an opportunity to help his team achieve a strong finish to the campaign.

This match represents the last chance for silverware to be added to Glentoran’s trophy cabinet this season. As Clucas returns to competitive football, he opens up about his personal battle away from the pitch, reflecting on the challenges he faced during his time out due to injury.

Glentoran midfielder Seanan Clucas (left) is eyeing a strong end to the season after returning from injury
Reflecting on his time on the sidelines, the player admitted to struggling while watching games from afar, emphasizing the difficulty of being unable to contribute on the pitch. He revealed the frustration of being misdiagnosed in Northern Ireland, which led to a prolonged period of uncertainty and setbacks. It was only upon consulting a specialist in England that the true nature of his injuries, two sports hernias, was identified.

Despite the challenges, he’s grateful to be back in action, acknowledging that it took a few games to regain his rhythm. However, he expressed disappointment with his recent performance against Larne, feeling that he had a poor outing and is determined to bounce back stronger.

Looking ahead to the match against Ballyclare Comrades in the Irish Cup quarter-final, he recognizes the importance of not underestimating their opponents. Despite Ballyclare’s position in the Playr-Fit Championship, he knows they are capable of causing an upset, especially considering their recent victory over Dungannon Swifts. He emphasized the need for his team to remain focused, execute their game plan, and not underestimate the threat posed by Ballyclare. He believes that by staying disciplined and working hard, Glentoran can secure a positive result and advance in the competition.

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