Thursday 17 August 2017

Muldoon injury 'big blow'

Injured: John Muldoon. Photo: Barry Cregg / Sportsfile
Injured: John Muldoon. Photo: Barry Cregg / Sportsfile

Connacht will find out today how long skipper John Muldoon will be out, but coach Eric Elwood has conceded he will be without him for several weeks.

But Elwood is hopeful that lock Michael Swift and flanker Johnny O'Connor will be fit for the St Stephen's Day clash against Munster at the Sportsground.

Elwood is looking for his side to put their disappointing European performances behind them when they take on the Magners League leaders on Sunday.

"All of our focus now switches to the three games over the Christmas in the Magners League. We had a good look at the games against Harlequins and know we need to step up in a number of areas.

"But this is a huge game for us. Ideally we would have liked to go into it on the back of a win but the lads will be up for it.

"It won't be easy, Munster are coming here as league leaders but we believe we are in with a great chance if we can turn possession into scores."

The Connacht coach said the loss of Muldoon was huge but he is hopeful that other leaders such as O'Connor, Swift and Gavin Duffy will recover to face the leaders.

"It's a big blow for John. He is not long back from a similar injury. But he is a great pro and he will work extremely hard to get back as soon as possible and the picture should be a lot more clear after the scan," said Elwood.

Irish Independent

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