MUNSTER scrum half Cathal Sheridan and hooker Damien Varley are to undergo scans and meet a specialist today, Monday, to help determine their availability for Saturday’s crucial Heineken Cup Pool 6 clash with Gloucester at Kingsholm (6pm).
Sheridan suffered a knee injury in Friday night’s RaboDirect PRO12 defeat to Ulster at Ravenhill, while Varley injured his foot in the same game. Both players were forced off during the course of the game. Munster Rugby report the pair will undergo scans on the injury today and meet with a specialist to help identify their injury prognosis.
The update on second-row Donncha O’Callaghan who was also replaced during the Ulster game due to an injury is more positive. O’Callaghan, who was replaced after 30 minutes with a knee injury, is expected to take part in training this week.
Munster have been boosted by the return of both Conor Murray and Simon Zebo to squad training this week ahead of this weekend’s trip to Kingsholm.
Murray and Zebo are now back in contention for selection for Saturday’s Round 5 Heineken Cup game.
Head coach Rob Penney maintains hope that Murray will feature on Saturday, Penney said: “There is a chance (Murray will be involved v Gloucester). Always was. Hopefully, everything being equal, and the work that’s being done by the medical team behind the scene comes to fruition this week.”
Murray returns ahead of schedule after just over four weeks out with medial ligament damage to his right knee, an injury he sustained against Perpignan at Thomond Park last month.
Zebo is back training after a 12-week absence caused by a cracked bone in his left foot - an injury picked up in the Heineken Cup opener against Edinburgh in October.
Centre James Downey (irritated groin) and Keith Earls (bruised shoulder) are back training this week while Sean Dougall, who sustained a mild ankle sprain against Connacht, are expected to re-integrate into training at the end of the week. James Cronin (lower back) and JJ Hanrahan (groin) will return to limited training early in the week and continue to be monitored as the week progresses.