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'It's probably at 85-90%' - Conor Murray offers Munster fans fresh hope of return

22 April 2017; Jack O'Donoghue, left, and Conor Murray of Munster ahead of the European Rugby Champions Cup Semi-Final match between Munster and Saracens at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
22 April 2017; Jack O'Donoghue, left, and Conor Murray of Munster ahead of the European Rugby Champions Cup Semi-Final match between Munster and Saracens at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
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Conor Murray has said his shoulder is at '85%-90%' and that he is nearly ready to return to action after a lengthy injury layoff.

The Ireland scrum-half hasn't played a match since injuring his shoulder in the first half against Wales in March, with Warren Gatland throwing fresh doubts on his fitness at Wednesday's Lions squad announcement.

Gatland revealed that Murray had suffered nerve damage and would need to prove his fitness ahead of the Lions tour to keep his place in the squad.

Munster coach Rassie Erasmus then clarified ahead of today's Champions Cup semi-final against Saracens that nothing has changed with regards to Murray's rehabilitation, with the number nine further shedding light on his status this afternoon.

Speaking to BT Sport ahead of kick off at the Aviva Stadium, Murray stated that he is close to returning to action.

"I'm very close. Just waiting for the strength to come back in my arm. It's nearly there but not quite. It's probably at 85-90% but it needs to be above that to play again."

Duncan Williams starts for Munster in Murray's absence, with Erasmus opting not to name a replacement scrum-half on the bench.

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