Thursday 27 November 2014

Munster boost as Zebo passed fit for Quins clash

Published 28/03/2013 | 05:00

Simon Zebo in action on his return to full training with Munster at the Cork Institute of Technology in Bishopstown yesterday

SIMON ZEBO will be fit for Munster's Heineken Cup quarter-final against Harlequins on April 7 in London.

Zebo trained yesterday morning with the squad for the first time since breaking a bone in his foot in Ireland's Six Nations loss to England in February.

And after coming through that test unscathed, he will be included in the team to face Quins at The Stoop on Sunday week.

Zebo's availability for the game is a massive fillip to Munster as they are without Keith Earls, whose season is almost certainly over after he dislocated his shoulder in Ireland's loss to Italy.

There is also better news regarding Donnacha Ryan, with the second-row expected to be fit in time for the showdown with Harlequins. Ryan injured his shoulder AC joint during Ireland's Six Nations campaign, but played through the discomfort.

The returning internationals had last week off and while both Peter O'Mahony and Conor Murray trained this week, Ryan has been held back. His shoulder is, however, improving and he is expected to train fully next week.

Ryan, Murray and O'Mahony will not be risked in tomorrow night's Pro12 League game against Glasgow Warriors, with all three benefiting from a further weekend's rest ahead of the Heineken Cup assignment.

Meanwhile, the IRFU and Brian O'Driscoll have yet to decide whether to appeal the Leinster centre's three-week suspension for his stamp on Italy's Simone Favaro. They are in receipt of the written judgment, but collective agreement between all parties has yet to be reached.

It is expected that a decision will be made today and it is believed that, because his previous exemplary record was taken into account when passing his sentence, an appeal is unlikely.

If the suspension is left in place O'Driscoll will miss Leinster's Amlin Challenge Cup quarter-final against Wasps on April 5.

Irish Independent

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