Schmidt gets the right news on injured Munster trio

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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