Sunday 28 December 2014

Munster relief as O'Mahony set to make Toulouse showdown

Published 01/04/2014 | 02:30

25 March 2014; Munster's Peter O'Mahony during a press conference ahead of their Celtic League 2013/14, Round 18, game against Leinster on Saturday. Munster Rugby Press Conference, The Maryborough Hotel, Douglas, Cork. Picture credit: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE
Munster flanker Peter O'Mahony is winning his fitness battle ahead of his side's Heineken Cup quarter-final against Toulouse

Peter O'Mahony is winning his fitness battle ahead of Munster's Heineken Cup clash against Toulouse, but Donnacha Ryan seems certain to miss out with a recurring foot problem.

O'Mahony's hamstring injury, a legacy of Ireland's successful Six Nations campaign, forced him into a late withdrawal ahead of last Saturday's Lansdowne Road defeat to Leinster. The Munster flanker will undergo a modified training week with the province as he seeks to notch up a second significant victory against French opposition this spring.

Ryan continues to receive treatment for a foot injury sustained against Treviso a fortnight ago, but there are understood to be complications surrounding the exact nature of the issue, hampering a precise decision as to his availability.

Prop John Ryan returns to training today after completing the IRB return-to-play protocols following a concussion against Treviso, which compensates in some part for the loss of Stephen Archer, ruled out for the next few weeks after sustaining a bulging disc in his neck at training late last week.

Hooker Damien Varley, who was replaced last Saturday after a previous foot injury flared up, will return to training as the week continues.

Meanwhile, Toulouse pivot Luke McAlister will undergo further tests midweek to see if his lumbago has cleared up.

Irish Independent

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