Boost for Munster as Murray fit to face Saracens
Scrum-half to overcome injury and confirm his fitness for must-win European mission
Published 05/12/2012 | 05:00
CONOR MURRAY will be fit to take his place in the Munster starting team against Saracens on Saturday.
Murray missed the win over Glasgow Warriors last weekend after suffering a recurrence of a knee injury sustained last season. He has described it as no more than a "niggle" and immediately allayed any fears he might be a doubt for the Saracens game.
"It's only a small thing," he said. "It stemmed from the game against France last season. I suffered a little bit of a tear in that Six Nations game and because of the amount of games I've been playing, it aggravated that injury.
"The week off did it the world of good. I feel relaxed now and I just came through my first pitch session and it feels fine."
However, CJ Stander will not be added to Munster's Heineken Cup squad as the South African has suffered a broken bone in his right hand.
The back-row forward lit up Thomond Park last Saturday night with a superb try against Glasgow but has since been ruled out until early in 2013.
The talismanic second-row did not take part in the pitch session at UL yesterday, although he was working indoors. In his likely absence, the second-row will see Donncha O'Callaghan paired alongside Donnacha Ryan.
Team captain Doug Howlett let it slip that Dave O'Callaghan will then come into the back-row at blindside flanker for what will be just his second European appearance.
Peter O'Mahony will switch to openside with the returning James Coughlan anchoring the scrum at the base.