MUNSTER’S coaches are keeping their fingers crossed that scrum-half Conor Murray, hooker Mike Sherry and second-row Donnacha Ryan will be passed fit for Saturday’s big European Champions Cup clash with Leicester Tigers at Thomond Park, 7.45pm.
Murray has been sidelined with a foot injury in recent weeks, while hooker Sherry has been troubled with a knee injury and lock Ryan has been hampered with a knee injury.
All three players took a full part in Munster’s squad session at UL this Tuesday. However, they will meet with Munster medical staff tomorrow, Wednesday, to assess their progress post-session.
Munster are also sweating on the fitness of their New Zealand centre Francis Saili ahead of the first of the two back-to-back fixtures with the Tigers. Saili, who has been sidelined with a calf injury, will also be assessed by medical staff tomorrow after completing some rehab running pitch-side. Scrum-half Tomás O’Leary sat out Tuesday’s session after reporting a back spasm.
Having recovered from illness, both Andrew Conway and Jack O’Donoghue returned to take a full part in Munster training today, as did BJ Botha who has now completed his return to play protocols after sustaining a concussion against Connacht in the Guinness PRO12 over a week ago.
Tommy O’Donnell continued with his rehab training on the pitch at UL and there was good news for Johnny Holland (hamstring) and Peter McCabe (pec) with both players progressing to modified training.
Duncan Casey (pec), Peter O’Mahony (knee) and Stephen Archer (neck) continue to follow their respective rehab programmes.