INJURED Munster winger Keith Earls has issued an upbeat report on his prospects of facing Toulouse in the sides glamour Heineken Cup quarter-final showdown in April.
Earls said he hoped to be ‘well fit’ by the time the French Top 14 aristocrats make their first visit to Limerick on Saturday, April 5.
Twenty six-year-old Earls is set to be sidelined for between six to eight weeks after sustaining medial ligament damage to his left knee in Munster’s victory over Edinburgh in the Heineken Cup earlier this month.
Earls initially underwent a scan on the injured knee initially, before a meeting with the specialist in Dublin confirmed that the flying winger was facing a significant spell on the sidelines.
While Earls is hopeful of being back in action for Munster’s Heineken Cup quarter-final in April, the winger looks set to miss all of Ireland’s upcoming 6 Nations Championship campaign.
Earls admitted to feeling frustrated with the bad timing of his latest injury.
Keith Earls said: “It is typical of me over the past two years to have bad timing with injuries.
“I have to keep the head up and work away on the rehab. It has been a tough two years with injuries. Hopefully, please God, it will be the end of it for a while.”
“The 6 Nations is massive, the chance to play for your country.
“It will be over a year now before I get to play for my country if I go on tour with Ireland (to Argentina) in June.
“I think I will be well fit for the Heineken Cup quarter-final with Toulouse. That will be a bonus.”
Earls was speaking at Shannon Airport where he was attending the Irish Technology Leadership Group (ITLG) Young Innovators Day. Also attending the event was another Munster player who is injured at present, flanker Niall Ronan.