Sunday 21 April 2019

Cronin, Johnston and O'Donoghue called up

James Cronin. Photo: Sportsfile
James Cronin. Photo: Sportsfile

Declan Rooney

Munster coach Johann van Graan remains hopeful that loosehead prop James Cronin will be fit to play some part in the province's remaining games this season.

Cronin has been sidelined with a leg injury since November but he has been named as one of the three additional players in Munster's Champions Cup squad.

Competing teams can add three extra players to their squad at this stage and Cronin joined Bill Johnston and Jack O'Donoghue in those added.

The Cork man is unlikely to play in Edinburgh next week, but Van Graan is looking forward to his return.

"James Cronin is working so hard with the medical team but I don't foresee him being involved over the next two weeks.

"There was an opportunity to put him back into the European squad, he's an international prop, he's one of our best players, so I've put him in and as soon as he's back he can come back into contention."

Unfortunately Van Graan was not as positive regarding Tommy O'Donnell's comeback from a shoulder injury, saying the Tipperary man won't play again this season.

"Tommy is a long way off. He will most probably only be back next season. He's had surgery so he's busy post-op. That was serious so he'll be out for a few more months."

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