Medical examination has shown that Donnacha Ryan suffered nothing worse than bruising to his shoulder in the course of Ireland’s RBS Six Nations defeat to Scotland on Sunday.
It was feared that the second row had sustained an injury that could rule him out of the remainder of the Six Nations as well as Munster’s Heineken Cup quarter-final equation.
However an MRI scan yesterday revealed that Ryan sustained a bruised shoulder but had luckily not suffered any major structural damage.
He will undergo rehab treatment over the next week and is expected to be in contention for a place in the team to play France.
Meanwhile Munster have their only squad session of the week, ahead of the Ospreys game, in Cork on Thursday.
The squad emerged injury free from the clash with Treviso and they also expect to have both Niall Ronan and Doug Howlett in contention for the Ospreys game should they come through that training session unscathed.
Howlett took part in training last week while Ronan capped a full eighty-minute performance for Shannon on Saturday by scoring his side's final try in their 28-17 win over Old Belvedere.