Friday 20 October 2017

Good news for Peter O'Mahony and Keith Earls but Munster must play a waiting game on CJ Stander and Conor Murray

Peter O'Mahony of Munster acknowledges supporters after the European Rugby Champions Cup Quarter-Final match between Munster and Toulouse at Thomond Park in Limerick. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
Peter O'Mahony of Munster acknowledges supporters after the European Rugby Champions Cup Quarter-Final match between Munster and Toulouse at Thomond Park in Limerick. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
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Munster have delivered mixed news today on their star quartet after the emphatic victory over Toulouse at Thomond Park.

The focus for Rassie Erasmus now switches to getting his best players on the pitch for the Champions Cup semi-final with Saracens at the Aviva in three weeks time.

Munster finished without CJ Stander, Peter O'Mahony and Keith Earls at the weekend and scrumhalf Conor Murray was ruled out ahead of the kick-off.

An injury update issued today had mixed news.

It read: "In reviewing the bumps and bruises from Saturday’s quarter final win against Toulouse at Thomond Park, CJ Stander requires further assessment for an ankle sprain, while Peter O’Mahony, Dave Kilcoyne (both dead legs) and Keith Earls (back) are all expected to be introduced to full training this week.

"Conor Murray continues to be monitored for the shoulder knock that ruled him out of Saturday’s encounter.

"Francis Saili will be hoping for further game time this week after securing two minutes on Saturday when he made an earlier than expected return to action after sustaining a knee injury against Cardiff Blues.  Similarly Ian Keatley’s return from a knee injury, sustained during the same PRO12 encounter, has also progressed positively with the out-half due to take a further part in training this week.

"Meanwhile, it has been confirmed that academy out-half Bill Johnston fractured his fibula in Friday night’s B&I Cup semi-final win against Ealing Trailfinders.

"Short-term scrumhalf signing Te Aihe Toma completes his time with the province this week and makes his return to New Zealand."

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