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Captain Clarke sidelined

04th February 2014 10:10

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Connacht captain Craig Clarke has been ruled out of Sunday's visit to Glasgow Warriors because of niggling concussion concerns.

The squad were handed a week's break following the disappointing European Cup game against Saracens which allowed for some much needed rest and recuperation. However, there are still a number of injury concerns ahead of this week's game.

It was announced to the media yesterday that Clarke will be unavailable to play for an unspecified number of weeks. The 31-year-old sustained a concussion in the Round 6 Heineken Cup game at Allianz Park and will be taking some time out due to the recurring nature of his injury.

Both front-rowers Brett Wilkinson and Sean Henry have been ruled out for at least four weeks due to neck injuries aggravated in the last game.

Flanker Aaron Conneely, who last played for the Eagles in their victory over Llanelli in the British and Irish Cup, suffered an ankle injury in training last week and is unavailable to play for up to six weeks.

In better news, Pat Lam's backline has been boosted by the return to training of Miah Nikora, Dave McSharry and Danie Poolman. Both Poolman and McSharry have played in seven games each this season while Nikora has been recovering from a shoulder injury sustained in pre-season. It is hoped that the trio will be available to play in either the PRO12 or 'A' interprovincial game this week.

While Robbie Henshaw remains on international duty with Ireland, Kieran Marmion and Rodney Ah You returned to Connacht training yesterday and are both available for selection this week.

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