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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Injuries mounting for Bradley

Connacht coach Michael Bradley is sweating on a string of injury worries ahead of his side's biggest match of the season.

Captain John Muldoon is one of a host of front-line players who are in a race against time to be fit for Saturday's Amlin Challenge Cup quarter-final against Bourgoin at the Sportsground.

Muldoon missed the 22-21 win over Edinburgh on Friday and remains a big concern with a groin injury as Connacht bid to nail down a semi-final spot for the third time in history.

Centres Niva Ta'auso (knee) and Keith Matthews (hamstring), both of whom also missed the Edinburgh win, are also doubtful along with winger Liam Bibo (calf).

The problems are not confined to the backs and prop Robbie Morris (calf), No 8 George Naoupu (hamstring) and flanker Ray Ofisa (vertigo), all of whom missed the Edinburgh match, remain on the casualty list.

"We will wait as long as we can during the week to give them the best chance of being fit.

"It's part and parcel of the game so we will just have to wait for progress reports," Bradley said.

"It is a huge game for us and we are all looking forward to it. We are going into it on the back of some good form so hopefully the injuries will clear up as a much as possible."

Connacht will go into the match on the back of a seven-match unbeaten run at the Sportsground which stretches back to September.

Irish Independent

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