Earls doubtful for Paris trip but Munster hopeful on Kilcoyne

The Ireland back sat out today’s training session in Limerick.

KEITH EARLS LOOKS likely to miss Munster’s Champions Cup clash with Racing 92 in Paris on Sunday [KO 3.15pm Irish time, Sky Sports 2].

Keith Earls injured Earls suffered a concussion last weekend. Source: James Crombie/INPHO

The Ireland international suffered a concussion in last weekend’s inter-provincial meeting with Leinster at the Aviva Stadium and took no part in Munster’s training session at the University of Limerick today.

However, the news on loosehead prop Dave Kilcoyne – who also sustained a concussion last weekend – is more positive for director of rugby Rassie Erasmus.

16-times capped Ireland prop Kilcoyne trained with Munster this afternoon, and a final decision on his availability for the weekend will be taken tomorrow.

With loosehead James Cronin serving a four-week suspension for a stamping offence during the defeat to Leinster, Erasmus will be hopeful that Kilcoyne can come through his return-to-play protocols without any delay.

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Dave Kilcoyne Kilcoyne trained with Munster today. Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

New Munster out-half Steve Crosbie, formerly of Leinster, joined up with the squad at today’s training session, having joined the province earlier this week on a three-month development contract.

Crosbie had a stint with Heartland Championship outfit Wanganui in New Zealand before his return to Ireland.

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