Sunday 24 September 2017

O'Leary set for Munster return

Ian Bransfield

Tomas O'Leary could be in line to feature for Munster against the Ospreys this weekend, having successfully recovered from the eye injury he picked up while on Ireland duty during the Six Nations.

The 27-year-old scrum-half damaged his eye during a fitness session in Dublin last month when the strap of a sled failed, recoiled and struck him in the face. He missed Ireland's final game against England as a result, and has also missed Munster's last four games against Cardiff, Leinster, Brive and the Scarlets.

But the Corkman played full part in training yesterday, as he did for much of last week, and could come into the equation for Saturday's trip to Swansea.

Alternatively, he could instead feature in a Munster 'A' match against Moseley in Birmingham on the same day, which is perhaps more likely, based on the evidence of yesterday's training session in which Conor Murray and Peter Stringer were both central figures.

As explained by assistant coach Anthony Foley, the Moseley game was arranged in order to ensure that the entire squad is kept ticking over during the season's run-in.

"It's unfortunate that there aren't many AIL club games during the April and May," he said. "We have to scrape together a few games to make sure fellas are match fit. Hopefully some of our guys coming back from injury will feature in that game too. Tomas was in the full rounds of it today, and hopefully he'll be involved with one of the two teams."

Elsewhere on the injury front, Johne Murphy was due to see a specialist yesterday evening in relation to the eye injury he picked up during last Saturday's 13-6 victory over the Scarlets in Wales.

The Kildare man came off the field early in the second half with a bloodied eye and blurred vision after an opposition player's finger accidentally cut his eyelid during a tackle.

"It's not something you mess around with," insisted Foley, "and he'll get the best medical care."

Paul O'Connell, meanwhile, was restricted to balance work yesterday as he continues his rehabilitation from the ankle ligament damage sustained against Leinster earlier this month.

Otherwise, Munster have no other fresh injury concerns, though Foley would not be drawn on the likely make-up of the starting XV for the Ospreys game.

Irish Independent

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