Munster hooker Mike Sherry set for comeback

Colm Kinsella

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Colm Kinsella

Munster's Jordan Coghlan is tackled by Walter Desmaison, of Grenoble, in their pre-season friendly at Thomond Park on Friday
MUNSTER hooker Mike Sherry is in line to make his comeback from a long-term knee and shoulder injuries in the province’s pre-season friendly fixture with Connacht at Thomond Park on Friday, 7.45pm.

MUNSTER hooker Mike Sherry is in line to make his comeback from a long-term knee and shoulder injuries in the province’s pre-season friendly fixture with Connacht at Thomond Park on Friday, 7.45pm.

Limerick man Sherry has not featured for Munster since November 2013 following a knee and three shoulder surgeries.

However, the 27-year-old, who has made more than 70 appearances for Munster is set to pull on the red jersey after 21 months out this Friday.

Munster head coach, Anthony Foley said: “My plan with Mike (Sherry) is to see him next week.

“It was touch and go for a long time with Mike. It is one of those things. We stuck with him and he stuck with us. We got the best medical advice. Our medical staff have been excellent towards Mike. Everyone understands the value of Mike Sherry to Munster Rugby.

“It is important for us to get him back, but when it is right to get him back. He has gotten through a full preseason, the same as every other player.

“When we have done contact, he has been in the middle of it. He hasn’t shied away from anything. He may be a small bit rusty when he gets back involved, but I think everyone would be excited to see Mike Sherry.

A lot of these guys have come through the Academy together, played B&I Cup together, had wins and losses. They are all looking forward to seeing him get back out there,” he added.

Meanwhile, Martin O’Sullivan, of UL Bohemians, has been enrolled as the 128th President of the Irish Rugby Football Union. The retired Bank of Ireland manager bridges a gap of 44 years since Dom Dineen from Bohemians was IRFU President, in the 1971/72 season.