5 Dec, 14:49
The Ireland U19 squad to face Australia Schools at Ravenhill on Saturday 14th December has been announced.
He also picked up a calf muscle injury in pre-season training, but encouragingly, he is close to a return for his provincial side.
As planned, the Limerick man played the first 40 minutes in Shannon's 33-28 friendly win over Galwegians at the Limerick IT Grounds.
Flannery was 'happy to be back playing' and hopes to win back his place in the Munster side for their opening Heineken Cup game away to Northampton on Saturday, October 10.
Shannon, top flight champions last season, will open the new AIB League Division 1A campaign next Friday with a floodlit fixture away to fierce rivals Garryowen.