Munster Set To Be Without A Number Of Players For Connacht Clash
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Counting the costs.
Munster’s loss to Ulster over the weekend has been further compounded with the latest squad injury update. Billy Holland, Calvin Nash, Niall Scannell, Tommy O’Donnell and James Cronin all exited the game early through various knocks, while Chris Cloete was another casualty following the final whistle on New Year’s Day.
Billy Holland, who was replaced after 22 minutes for a HIA, is following return to play protocols, and with a five-day turnaround for Connacht will play no part for the first time this season. Cloete is another who is following return to play protocols after reporting symptoms post-match.
Calvin Nash (hip), Niall Scannell (ribs) and Tommy O’Donnell (shoulder) will need to be assessed further with the trio not expected to be available this weekend.
On a positive note, James Cronin, who was treated for cramp on New Year’s Day, will train fully today. Ronan O’Mahony, who missed the Ulster game with illness, is expected to train later this week.
Chris Farrell has also returned to training after overcoming a knee injury sustained while playing for Ireland in the November internationals. Rhys Marshall continues to follow return to play protocols for a concussion sustained against Leicester.
After returning to field based training last week, Dan Goggin (knee) and Gerbrandt Grobler (ankle) will continue with their return to play rehab this week.
Continuing to rehab:
Tyler Bleyendaal (neck), Jaco Taute (knee), Dave O’Callaghan (knee).