Monday 18 December 2017

Murphy eyes return before end of season

John Fallon

Experienced scrum-half Frank Murphy hopes to be back for Connacht before the end of the season after successfully undergoing knee reconstruction surgery.

The 29-year-old, who played for Leicester in their 2007 Heineken Cup final loss to Wasps, suffered the cruciate knee ligament injury away to Zebre last month and will have to settle for the role of spectator as Connacht return to the Italian venue this weekend for the start of the Heineken Cup.

The Cork native, who spent three years with Munster before moving to Leicester for two seasons, said the surgery had gone well and he has set himself a target of returning before the end of the season.

"Recovery has started now and it is a matter of working on it, but the target is to get a few games before the end of the season," said Murphy.

Murphy suffered the injury after coming on in the 30-17 win over Zebre and he believes Connacht will go back to Parma in a confident frame of mind and get their second Heineken Cup campaign off to a winning start.

"The experience of last year will really stand to us. We had a tough draw with Toulouse, Harlequins and Gloucester. We have Quins again this year, but we have the experience of beating them in the Heineken Cup.

"We know Zebre and have won out there and while Biarritz are a strong side, they don't travel well."

Irish Independent

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