Monday 19 February 2018

Zebo and O'Mahony in line for Munster return

Simon Zebo. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
Simon Zebo. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
David Kelly

David Kelly

Munster have been boosted ahead of this week's visit of Zebre with the news that Simon Zebo is set to start having made a full recovery from his rib damage.

Peter O'Mahony, the inspirational Irish international has stepped up his training this week and, ahead of the Leinster clash and opening Champions Cup double-header next month, his return to the bench would be a fillip.

Jack O'Donoghue (neck) continues to be monitored by the medical staff after shipping a heavy illegal tackle against Edinburgh last weekend and is not expected to be available this week.

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Lock Jean Kleyn (ankle) underwent a scan and will meet a specialist for further consultation as will Dave O'Callaghan after receiving a bang to the shoulder in the 28-14 win at Thomond Park.


Donnacha Ryan was a late withdrawal from Saturday's game due to illness but is expected to train this week.

Colm O'Shea and Andrew Conway (both concussion) continue to follow their return-to-play protocols with Tommy O'Donnell (also concussion) now completing the final stages of his return to play.

Rory Scannell (neck) is progressing positively and continues to take part in modified training, while Dave Foley (elbow) has been ruled out for approximately four to five weeks.

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England's Wayne Barnes will referee the Champions Cup opener in Racing Metro. Luke Pearce (Connacht v Toulouse), Matthew Carley (Leinster v Castres) and JP Doyle (Bordeaux v Ulster) have also been confirmed as English whistlers take charge of all four Irish ties.

Former Munster scrum-half, 38-year-old Peter Stringer, will miss three months for Sale with a torn biceps.

Irish Independent

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