No new injury worries for Munster

Evan O'Connell during Munster rugby squad training at the University of Limerick. Photo: Eóin Noonan.

MUNSTER report no fresh injury concerns after the huge weekend Champions Cup win at Toulon.

This is good news ahead of Saturday’s massive home fixture with Northampton Saints at Thomond Park, 5.30pm.

Following a consultation last week, Jack O’Donoghue will not require surgery on his knee injury and will be managed conservatively by the medical department. He is unavailable for three to four months.

Oli Jager is continuing to follow the return to play protocols and his availability for the Northampton game will be determined later this week.

There is good news for Jack Daly (ankle) as he returns to training this week.

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Cian Hurley (ankle/achilles) and Mike Haley (hip) are increasing their training demands and will target a return to play in the coming weeks.

Continuing to rehab: Jack O’Donoghue (knee), Dave Kilcoyne (shoulder), Diarmuid Barron (foot), Jean Kleyn (eye/knee), Liam Coombes (shoulder), RG Snyman (chest/shoulder), Roman Salanoa (knee), Mike Haley (hip), Cian Hurley (ankle/achilles).

Meanwhile, Evan O’Connell of UL Bohemian has been named captain of the Ireland under-20 team for the upcoming Six Nations Championship.

It’s a squad which also includes Brian Gleeson (Garryowen), Luke Murphy (Shannon), Jake O’Riordan (UL Bohemian) and Stephen Kiely (Shannon).