Earls aiming for January return

Date published: November 25 2014

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Keith Earls is in line to return to action in January as he recovers from a serious knee injury that has kept him out since May.

Keith Earls is in line to return to action in January as he recovers from a serious knee injury that has kept him out since May.

The Munster three-quarter last played for the province against Glasgow at the end of last season, but had already endured an injury-disrupted season.

He then picked up a knee problem while training with Ireland, however a January return could yet see him feature in the Six Nations.

That would be a first appearance under Joe Schmidt, with Earls’ last Ireland cap coming all the way back in March 2013 because of a succession of injuries.

He has been included in Munster’s squad for the remaining pool games in the Champions Cup, and while he will not be ready for the December double header against Clermont, he could return for a trip to Saracens in January.

He has not yet returned to training but is continuing his rehab on his knee.

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