O’Mahony looks to prove his fitness for Munster

Colm Kinsella

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Colm Kinsella

Munster take on Toulouse in the Heineken Cup quarter-final in Thomond Park on Saturday
MUNSTER captain Peter O’Mahony says if he is fit to train fully tomorrow, he will be good to go in Saturday’s glamour Heineken Cup quarter-final clash with Toulouse at Thomond Park, 1.30pm.

MUNSTER captain Peter O’Mahony says if he is fit to train fully tomorrow, he will be good to go in Saturday’s glamour Heineken Cup quarter-final clash with Toulouse at Thomond Park, 1.30pm.

O’Mahony remains an injury doubt for this weekend’s clash in Limerick after his last minute withdrawal from the province’s game with Leinster on Saturday due to a ‘hamstring twinge.’

The flanker is on a ‘managed workload’ and didn’t train fully with the squad at UL yesterday.

Another experienced member of the Munster pack, Donnacha Ryan, looks set to miss this weekend’s quarter-final with a foot injury.

Peter O’Mahony said: “It (hamstring) feels good. I’ve had the medical staff monitoring me over the last 48 hours, so they’ve been very good.

“They’re going to put me in the best position to put me into contention for selection next weekend.

“Look, it’s feeling good, if I train fully on Thursday I should be good to go.

“Saturday is the biggest game of the year so far against probably the best team we’re probably going to play so far this year so certainly it wouldn’t be the one to miss.”

Munster coach, Rob Penney said it was not ‘very unlikely’ Donnacha Ryan would be fit for Saturday’s clash, but a final decision will be made later in the week.

Hooker Damien Varley will be fit to play as will Keith Earls.

Munster’s talismanic second row Paul O’Connell said Munster would have to up their performance levels by 40% to stand a chance of defeating four-time Heineken Cup winners Toulouse.

O’Connell said: “I don’t see how you can put the two teams down on paper beside each other and put us as favourites.

“I don’t see how you can put the way we have been playing over the past few weeks, last few months and put us down as favourites in any way.

“We probably need to go a minimum of 40% above where we have been since Christmas to stand any chance of winning.”

Saturday will be Toulouse’s first visit to Limerick. The sides have recorded two wins each in their previous four Heineken Cup meetings dating back to 1996.