Stander and Murray touch and go

Date published: April 17 2017

Munster duo CJ Stander and Conor Murray both remain doubts for this weekend’s Champions Cup semi-final against Saracens. 

Stander (ankle sprain) is expected to make a return to full training this week, while Murray (shoulder) will continue to be reviewed by the medical team and continues to be a doubt for this Saturday’s Champions Cup encounter.

In a huge week for the province, the squad gathered as preparations stepped up for this weekend’s action, including a British and Irish Cup Final against Jersey Reds on Friday in Irish Independent Park and a Champions Cup semi-final against Saracens at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday.

Following Saturday’s PRO12 victory against Ulster in Thomond Park, Rory Scannell became the latest injury concern after the centre was replaced after 66 minutes with an ankle injury, while winger Darren Sweetnam is following protocols for a concussion he sustained in the opening minute.

It has been since confirmed that Scannell sustained an ankle sprain and is not as serious as initially thought, but the centre will not take part in Monday’s session and will be reviewed as the week continues.

Duncan Williams, who was a late withdrawal from the matchday squad due a tight groin, will take a full part in training.

On a further positive, Ian Keatley, who was a late addition to the starting XV, reported no ill effects after making his return from a six week lay-off due to a knee ligament injury sustained against Cardiff Blues.