The Connacht squad have resumed training ahead of their RaboDirect PRO12 clash with Scottish side Edinburgh at the Sportsground next Saturday (kick-off 5pm).
Versatile forward Mike McCarthy returned to the province but there is a question mark over the Ireland international’s availability due to a back injury he picked up in the GUINNESS Series.
McCarthy, who celebrates his 31st birthday today, will continue to be monitored early in the week and a decision will be made on his availability on Thursday.
Flying winger Fetu’u Vainikolo was rested on Monday on his return from international duty with his native Tonga.
The 27-year-old scored two tries during the international period this monring, including the decisive try in Tonga’s 21-15 win over Scotland last Saturday.
Meanwhile, Connacht prop Ronan Loughney has not trained this week due to a knee injury picked up during the 14-3 defeat to Dragons last Friday. The results of his scan will determine his involvement this weekend.
Thomas Anderson, Finlay Bealham, Mata Fifita, Eoin Griffin, Frank Murphy, John Muldoon, George Naoupu, David Nolan and Kyle Tonetti all remain on the westerners’ injury list and are unavailable for selection.
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