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Surgery puts Griffin out until March, but Connacht welcome Matt Healy back

The western province won’t have their internationals back this week, but on the whole their injury problems are on the wane.

Aki and Healy compare scars after the Edinburgh encounter.
Aki and Healy compare scars after the Edinburgh encounter.
Image: James Crombie/INPHO

PROLIFIC CONNACHT WING Matt Healy has returned to full training with the Pro12 champions ahead of Saturday’s meeting with Treviso at the Sportsground (3pm).

The 27 -year-old, who made his international debut on the summer tour of South Africa, suffered a fractured hand in the home win over Edinburgh last month, but has ‘been integrated fully’ into Pat Lam’s first-team sessions this week.

Also injured in the same early October clash were Denis Buckley and Tom McCartney who have shown no ill effects from their injury comeback against Cardiff at the weekend.

Nepia Fox Matamua and John Cooney also came through unscathed, but Craig Ronaldson is awaiting the result of a scan on his thigh after he was forced to pull up early and hand kicking responsibilities to Cooney.

Eoin Griffin Source: James Crombie/INPHO

The definitively bad news from the western province today was that centre Eoin Griffin has gone under the knife for an issue with a chest muscle sustained duty with Buccaneers. Connacht’s medical team have ruled him out until March.

Connacht also add that their international contingent, including Niyi Adeolokun who was not involved in a Test matchday 23 since the win over Canada, have been afforded a week off after the November series.

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