Friday 6 December 2019

Donnacha Ryan closing in on return to Munster fold

Munster's Donnacha Ryan
Munster's Donnacha Ryan
Cian Tracey

Cian Tracey

Donnacha Ryan has admitted that it's a case of taking his recovery "week by week" as he looks to return from a lengthy lay-off last season.

The second-row missed most of last term with knee and foot injuries respectively and isn't likely to be included in Munster's squad to face Treviso tomorrow.

"I went back training at the start of July and it's been going really well. It's been a bit of a trek to get back," he said. "You're not going to get any sympathy when you're injured though. We play a contact sport and unfortunately injuries are a part of that and you just have to get on with it when it happens to you. Everyone will go through it at some stage of their career.

"It's taken me 20 years to get my upper body strength to where it should be and since that's finally happened, I've been able to concentrate on other areas."

Anthony Foley's tenure in charge of the province began with a disappointing defeat at home to Edinburgh but Ryan insists that competition for places will strengthen the squad. "All the lads want to show the new coaches what they can do and when you see that level of competition, it just bodes well for the rest of us," he said.

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