Muldoon blow for Connacht
CONNACHT have been hit with a big blow, with skipper John Muldoon set to miss three key games over Christmas after breaking an arm, writes JOHN FALLON.
The 28-year-old suffered the injury in the dying moments of Friday's 15-9 loss to Harlequins, which ended their Amlin Challenge Cup aspirations for another season.
Muldoon broke the same right arm playing for Ireland against the All Blacks during the summer, which kept him out of action until October.
The Portumna man will miss the St Stephen's Day Magners League clash at home to Munster as well as the trips to Leinster and the Dragons over the festive period.
The versatile back-row Ray Ofisa will be out for some time after suffering head injury in Treviso at the end of October; he is due to be reassessed in early January.
On a more positive note, Gavin Duffy, who missed Friday's game, could be back for the Munster match. Johnny O'Connor (back) and Michael Swift (head), who suffered injuries against Harlequins, may also be available.