Ahead of Saturday’s GUINNESS PRO12 round 12 encounter with Munster at the Sportsground (kick-off 5.30pm), the Connacht Rugby medical team have provided the following update.
Of the province’s front rowers, Finlay Bealham sustained a head injury against Ulster and will follow the return-to-play protocols, while Ronan Loughney has undergone minor surgery on his knee injury and will be out of action for six weeks.
Conor Carey will be out for three months with the foot injury sustained against Wasps, and fellow prop Dominic Robertson-McCoy is undergoing rehabilitation for a shoulder injury sustained in training.
Ivan Soroka is continuing his foot rehabilitation under the supervision of the Connacht medical and fitness team and is due to return to play in mid-February.
Meanwhile, second row Ultan Dillane sustained an ankle injury in the final minutes against Ulster last Friday night and is awaiting a scan to determine the extent of the injury.
Andrew Browne is continuing his ankle rehabilitation under the supervision of the medical and fitness teams for the injury sustained against the Newport Gwent Dragons and is due to return to play in February.
Connacht captain John Muldoon sustained a minor thigh injury against Ulster and will be monitored prior to the Munster game, while fellow back rower Jake Heenan is due to reintegrate into training with the squad this week following his knee and ankle injuries sustained in the Wasps round 3 fixture.
Eoghan Masterson is progressing well in his knee rehabilitation with the medical and fitness staff and is due to be available in the coming weeks.
In the westerners’ backs division, John Cooney sustained a thigh injury in training this month and his undergoing rehabilitation with the medical and fitness teams. Marnitz Boshoff has undergone surgery for the shoulder injury he sustained against Benetton Treviso and will be out for three months.
Shane O’Leary is continuing his recovery and following the graduated return-to-play protocols for concussion, while Craig Ronaldson is progressing well in his thigh rehabilitation and is due to be available in mid-January.
Peter Robb is due to reintegrate into training with the squad this week following his thigh injury, and fellow centre Bundee Aki has undergone surgery on his ankle injury and will commence his rehabilitation this week. He is due to return in mid-February.
Stacey Ili is progressing well in his ankle rehabilitation and will return to running this week, while Eoin Griffin is undergoing rehabilitation for a chest muscle injury and is due to return in March.
Of the province’s back-three players, Cian Kelleher is continuing his rehabilitation for the hamstring injury he sustained away to Wasps and will return to running this week. Danie Poolman sustained a head injury against Ulster and will follow the return-to-play protocols.
Josh Rowland is progressing well with his ankle rehabilitation and is due for a return to play in the coming weeks, and Darragh Leader continues his recovery from hand surgery and will return in February.