Out, optimistic, bruised and back
Published 26/01/2011 | 05:00
Geordan Murphy -- out for the rest of the season with ankle injury.
Rob Kearney -- rehabilitating from knee injury, very unlikely to feature in Six Nations.
Andrew Trimble -- hand injury, out for "one game if not two".
Shane Horgan -- kneecap injury, left camp yesterday after scan. Out for at least two matches.
Tommy Bowe -- due to join camp today after scan on knee in UK, doubtful for Italy but management hopeful.
Gavin Duffy -- Played first game in five weeks for Connacht last weekend after a knee injury, due to play on Friday for Wolfhounds and a contender for Italy.
Gordon D'Arcy -- Didn't train yesterday as a precaution but expected to be fit.
Keith Matthews -- Withdrawn from Wolfhounds squad, replaced by Ian Whitten.
Jerry Flannery -- definitely out for first two Six Nations matches with knee injury but hopes to return with club or province in two to three weeks.
Rory Best -- popped cartilage in rib, a decision on his availability to be made today or tomorrow.
John Hayes -- has a grade-two groin tear, definitely out for Italy and possibly the France match.
Marcus Horan -- not named in Senior or 'A' squads having been missing with hand injury since the autumn but back in full training with Munster.
Donnacha Ryan -- injured his hamstring against Toulon, has been replaced in the Wolfhounds squad by Connacht's Andrew Browne.
Stephen Ferris -- has had scan on knee injury , management optimistic he will be fit for Italy.
Jamie Heaslip -- due to see specialist in UK yesterday over severe bruising on ankle, not in a cast but wearing a protective boot, expected to be out for first two games.
Denis Leamy -- didn't train yesterday due to wear-and-tear from two Heineken Cup weekends but not considered a worry for Italy.