National coach Joe Schmidt was reassured last night that Munster’s walking wounded will be fit for RBS Six Nations duty.
Keith Earls was helped off with a knee injury early in the third quarter of yesterday’s Heineken Cup game at Thomond Park, but last night Munster coach Rob Penney indicated it shouldn’t be a serious concern.
“He’s got a sore knee, it is probably short term and (likely) it will take a week or two. He’ll get a scan Monday when he goes to international camp and we’ll wait and see what the medics come up with.”
Paul O’Connell was replaced midway through the second-half as a precautionary measure having suffered a shoulder injury just before the break, but Penney again was positive about the national captain.
“He’s fine. Just before half-time he got a bit of a knock on the shoulder, a bit of a stinger I think. But he had a great 20 minute spell once he got over that little hiccup with the shoulder and we just took him off because he has a big month ahead. We didn’t want to see him leaving us in anything other pristine condition so that he can do a great job for Ireland.”
And Penney eased fears regarding Munster skipper Peter O’Mahony: “He got a bit of a knock, a bad knock on his shin last week and had a light week this week. Today he got a knock right on the same spot in the first minute but he played through. He’ll be fine.”
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