Munster’s hopes of overturning Leinster have been dealt a blow with the news that Irish international trio Conor Murray (scrum-half) and second row pairing Donncha Ryan and Paul O’Connell will all miss Saturday’s Rabo Direct Pro 12 Thomond Park clash (ko 7:30pm).
Munster head coach Tony McGahan is hopeful however that the trio will be fit in time for the Heineken Cup quarter-final clash with Ulster the following Sunday.
O’Connell and Murray are still recovering from knee injuries they sustained during Ireland’s draw with France in the Six Nations, while Ryan is still nursing a shoulder injury. O’Connell is said to be the biggest doubt ahead of the European quarter-final with McGahan saying there was no chance of him risking any of the players ahead of the clash with Ulster.
“With Paul’s determination and his healing powers, it would take a very significant injury for him to be kept out of a quarter-final. You saw the way he picked up the injury in the 60th minute (against France) and played through for the last 20 minutes, his pain threshold is exceptionally high. I’m sure he’ll do everything in his power to make sure he’s fit,” said McGahan.