MUNSTER WILL BE without Ronan O’Mahony as they bid to end the season with success in the Guinness Pro12.
O’Mahony, who is Munster’s leading try-scorer in the competition this season after crossing the whitewash nine times, lasted just 18 minutes of Saturday’s victory over Benetton Treviso.
The southern province confirmed this afternoon that the 27-year-old wing fractured his fibula during the 34-14 win in Italy, which guaranteed Munster home advantage in the semi-finals.
O’Mahony subsequently won’t play again this season, with Munster due to host Connacht at Thomond Park in their last game of the regular game this Saturday, before heading into knockout rugby at the Limerick venue a fortnight later.
Having also been replaced in the early stages of Saturday’s clash with Treviso, Dave O’Callaghan is still awaiting the results of a scan on a knee injury, so his status remains unclear.
Billy Holland and John Ryan both sat out today’s training session due to illness, while Robin Copeland will undergo surgery this week after dislocating his shoulder 10 days ago in the British & Irish Cup final.
Munster are hopeful that Jean Deysel will be able to train this week after picking up a rib injury in the Champions Cup semi-final defeat to Saracens. Rory Scannell, who sustained a concussion during that game, continues to follow the return-to-play protocols.
Meanwhile, Munster say Conor Murray is progressing with his shoulder rehabilitation as the scrum-half continues to be assessed by the medical team.