Reds sweat on Conor Murray fitness for do-or-die Saracens showdown
CONOR MURRAY is a major doubt for Munster's do-or-die Champions Cup clash against Saracens after sitting out training in Limerick yesterday.
The Ireland scrum-half is awaiting the results of scans on the neck injury he suffered when scoring a try against Zebre last Saturday before a decision is made on his fitness. He was involved in some organisational elements of the session at UL, but did not take contact.
Munster need to beat last year's finalists at their Allianz Park home this weekend to have any chance of qualifying for the quarter-finals after losing their back-to-back December games against Clermont.
"It's a cup final game for us. We lose and we're out. It's international level. It's win or bust," captain Peter O'Mahony said. "They're the weeks you want to be involved in. I'm looking forward to it. Pressure's a good thing, especially putting it on yourself. There's a fear factor."
Meanwhile, Paul O'Connell has reiterated his intention to retire in the next 18 months but he has yet to decide whether he'll step away from the game after leading Ireland at the World Cup this autumn.
"It's either going to be after the World Cup or probably that summer, 2016. It's just a decision I have to make over the next few months, I'm fairly undecided at the moment," he told TV3.
The legendary second-row's Ireland back-up Dan Tuohy looks set to miss the Six Nations after undergoing surgery on a thumb injury that will keep him out for eight weeks. Iain Henderson is slated to return in time to make the squad, but 2014 Player of the Year Andrew Trimble and November star Rhys Ruddock are set to return from their injuries through the campaign.
Luckless Ulster centre Luke Marshall suffered another concussion in training last week, while Leinster's Zane Kirchner is out for four weeks.