12 Dec, 14:42
Prop Cian Healy is expected to miss the start of the 2014 RBS 6 Nations after undergoing surgery on his injured ankle on Wednesday.
Those under medical scrutiny include Keith Wood who picked up a thigh strain playing for Harlequins on Saturday. His front row partners, Peter Clohessy and John Hayes are also a cause for concern. Hayes injured a shoulder in Munsters win over Bridgend and was replaced in the 55th minute by Clohessy who himself withdrew from the Munster game on the morning of the match suffering from a slight bout of bronchitis. Brian O'Driscoll, Eric Miller, Malcolm O'Kelly and Shane Horgan all picked up knocks in Leinster's marvellous win in Newport while Denis Hickie and Girvan Dempsey are still recovering from injury that kept them out of that game.
David Wallace is still recovering from the shoulder injury that kept him out of the Munster side on Saturday and that game laid injury claim to Mike Mullins (ankle) and Frank Sheahan (cut eye).
Others listed among the walking wounded are David Humphreys (ankle), Jonathan Bell (ankle)and Kevin Maggs (shin).
Three players, Trevor Brennan, Simon Easterby and Barry Everitt have been added to the squad.