Earls taking steps to stave off further injury problems
Ireland winger Keith Earls says he has had to take extra measures to ensure he stays fit after battling back from a troublesome knee injury.
The 27-year-old Lion missed the start of the season after being injured in national camp last August.
Earls returned against Zebre in January and has played ten games for Munster since then, scoring five tries; he has also featured for the Irish Wolfhounds against the Saxons at outside-centre.
"I'm happy playing rugby, have had a good eight or nine games under my belt, first time in a couple of years, so very happy," said Earls, who has scored 33 tries in his 105 Munster appearances.
"It flares up now and then, something I might have to keep looking after for the rest of my career.
"Sometimes I feel good but it needs to have a good warm-up but that's something I'll probably have to do even when I'm retired and playing five-a-side soccer."
Munster are second in the Pro12 and face Treviso before the crucial fixture that follows against Ulster.
"The big man (Anthony Foley) has us warned to keep an eye on only one match and that's this weekend, get the result to put us in a good position for a top-four finish, so I don't think we dare talk of Ulster," added Earls.