Potential Double Fitness Boost For Munster Ahead Of Crucial Clash With Racing 92

Back in action.

Munster could be boosted by the return of outhalf JJ Hanrahan and hooker Rhys Marshall for their crucial Champions Cup clash with Racing 92 at Thomond Park this weekend.

Hanrahan injured his hamstring the win over Ulster a couple of weeks back, leaving Munster with just one fit senior outhalf in Tyler Bleyendaal for their European opener with Ospreys on Saturday.

Ireland U20s outhalf Ben Healy was drafted into the European squad as a result of Hanrahan’s injury but did not make the matchday squad for the trip to Wales, with Munster going with two centres in Sam Arnold and Dan Goggin, with Rory Scannell ready to fill in at ten if needed.

Stephen Larkham said both players have “fully integrated” back into training but must come through the rest of the week unscathed in order to be considered for selection this weekend.

“Our injury list at the moment is actually pretty good,” Larkham said today in Limerick

“We’ve only got five guys on the injury list [Chris Cloete (RTPP), Dave Kilcoyne (calf), Joey Carbery (ankle) Ciaran Parker (calf), Darren Sweetnam (hamstring)] and touch wood we keep those numbers pretty low throughout the rest of the season.

“JJ [Hanrahan] and Rhys [Marshall] fully integrated back in training today.

“But it’s the backend of their rehab programme so we’ve got to make sure they came through today and come through Thursday before they’re considered for selection this weekend.”

Joey Carbery meanwhile is “progressing really well” as he continues to rehab a troublesome ankle injury, but he faces a long road to recovery it seems.

“[He’s] progressing really well,” Larkham said.

“The way I understand it is we’re gonna take it slow because there’s a fair bit of damage there.

“He had a really good week last week. Which is not to say that’s gonna happen again this week but everything is on track for the timeline that we’ve given him in the first place.

“He’s not playing this weekend. He’s not ready to play the weekend. We’ll reassess him obviously next week to see how he goes and likewise the following week.”