Ireland sweat over Molloy ahead of Italy clash
Ireland are optimistic that Claire Molloy will recover from a quad injury in time to face Italy in the Six Nations on Saturday.
The flanker picked up the problem in Ireland's win over Scotland last time out and she will be given every opportunity to prove her fitness.
The squad are also boosted by the return of Lindsay Peat (shoulder/neck) as the loosehead is also back in contention to play for the first time in this year's tournament.
"We're looking good," forwards coach Jeff Carter said.
"We have a slight little concern about Claire Molloy maybe, but she should be fine. She pulled her quad a bit against Scotland but she should be OK. She's as tough as nails.
"Lindsay is available for selection, she's delighted. It's been a difficult three or four weeks for her because all Lindsay wants to do is play.
"We had some of the sevens players back in camp this week. There's one or two who are travelling to Spain this weekend coming so they're unavailable to us, but I think we're fully confident in the girls we have at the moment."