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Boost for Munster as Bleyendaal set to feature in Pro12 semi-final

Meanwhile, Alex Wootton has also recovered from injury ahead of the Ospreys clash.

MUNSTER HAVE BEEN handed an injury boost with confirmation that Tyler Bleyendaal should be fit to feature in their Guinness Pro12 semi-final against the Ospreys on Saturday in Thomond Park.

Tyler Bleyendaal Bleyendaal will return to full training this week. Source: James Crombie/INPHO

The Kiwi out-half suffered a bicep injury in the Pro12 victory over Connacht two weekends ago and there were fears that he would be sidelined after undergoing a scan.

However, Munster fans will be relieved to hear that Bleyendaal has recovered quicker than expected and is set to make a return to full training this week.

There was also good news on promising wing Alex Wootton, who has recovered from a hamstring injury swifter than initially envisaged and he too will return to full training ahead of the Ospreys clash.

The southern province reported no new injury concerns in this afternoon’s update, with director of rugby Rassie Erasmus pleased to see his squad in relatively good health.

That said, Dave O’Callaghan [knee], Jean Kleyn [neck], Ronan O’Mahony [fibula], Robin Copeland [shoulder], Dave Foley [wrist], Sean McCarthy [knee], Mike Sherry [back] all remain on the comeback trail.

Meanwhile, academy fullback Stephen Fitzgerald and prop JP Phelan will join Australian side Bond University for the summer months in order to get valuable game time, both of them having been limited in that regard this season.

Garry Nucifora, the brother of IRFU performance director David, is the Executive Director of Sport at Bond University and last season saw Leinster prop Oisin Heffernan spend the summer playing for the club.

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