Ryan poised for early comeback
Donnacha Ryan is poised to give Munster an early Christmas present by coming back from injury weeks ahead of schedule.
It remains to be seen if the Tipperary man will make Sunday's crucial Heineken Cup clash against Perpignan, but he is making massive strides ––-and will be back earlier than expected.
Hooker Mike Sherry will undergo a scan today to find out the extent of a knee injury, while No 8 James Coughlan is expected to be fit in time for the weekend after suffering an eye injury against Dragons.
New signing Gerhard van den Heever suffered an arm injury and may be out for a period but he is not yet registered for the Heineken Cup.
Meanwhile, Northampton will be without England full-back Ben Foden for their games against Leinster. He is facing a 12-week break after damaging knee ligaments.