Saturday 16 December 2017

Flannery's woes continue

JERRY FLANNERY looks a major doubt for the November internationals after what is feared to be a recurrence of the calf injury that has limited his appearances this season, WRITES HUGH FARRELLY.

Ireland coach Declan Kidney names his squad tomorrow and Flannery is a concern after leaving the field in pain during Munster's bonus-point win over Toulon in Thomond Park on Saturday.

Updates on Flannery's condition are due today, but the hooker lasted barely 20 minutes of his first Munster appearance this season -- having replaced Damien Varley at hooker after 55 minutes -- and coach Tony McGahan was concerned.

"It's certainly unfortunate if it is (a recurrence of the injury) because he has worked so hard to get back," said McGahan. "He missed a significant part of last season and this was his first foray back into selection. To be injured in his comeback is devastating for him."

Australian Paul Warwick also left the action injured, but this was put down to cramp arising from the back injury that had limited his training the previous week.

Elsewhere, Luke Fitzgerald sustained a blow to the hip in Leinster's win over Saracens, but the province are hopeful it is not a serious injury.

Leinster also hope Brian O'Driscoll will be fit to play next weekend if required, in the Magners League clash with Connacht, having missed the Saracens game with a hamstring injury.

Meanwhile, Stephen Ferris came through Ulster's disappointing 35-15 defeat in Biarritz yesterday -- scoring a consolation try on 80 minutes, which will be welcome news to Irish coach Kidney.

Irish Independent

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