Munster hope Earls will return in time

MUNSTER are hopeful winger Keith Earls will be fit in time for the province’s crunch Heineken Cup pool match against the Scarlets at Parc y Scarlets on Saturday, December 10.

MUNSTER are hopeful winger Keith Earls will be fit in time for the province’s crunch Heineken Cup pool match against the Scarlets at Parc y Scarlets on Saturday, December 10.

However, injured flanker David Wallace is not expected to return to action until March, while no return date has been set for sidelined hooker Jerry Flannery.

Earls sustained medial ligament damage in the opening minute of Munster’s recent RaboDirect PRO12 defeat to Leinster, while Wallace has been sidelined since sustaining serious knee ligament damage in Ireland’s final World Cup warm-up game against England in August.

Flannery suffered a recurrence of a calf injury while on World Cup duty with Ireland in New Zealand in September. While the news following a recent assessment by a top specialist in Germany was favourable, it is still unclear when the dynamic hooker will return to action.

McGahan said: “There is no change in David’s (Wallace’s) position. We expect him back some time in March. It is great to have David involved with the squad, although he is not near a field session yet. He is doing some rehab stuff on the sidelines, being at meetings and just being around the place.

“With Keith Earls, at this stage, you are possibly looking at another three to four weeks.

“Jerry is sidelined indefinitely. Unfortunately, I don’t have any more than that. Neither does Jerry or the medics. There will be an on-going process until he gets to a point where he can undertake and participate in some sort of programme.”