Tuesday 17 October 2017

Out, optimistic, bruised and back

Back three

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.

Centre

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Keith Matthews -- Withdrawn from Wolfhounds squad, replaced by Ian Whitten.

Front-row

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.

Second-row/back-row

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.

HUGH FARRELLY

Irish Independent

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