As attention turns to the European Challenge Cup and the trip to play Brive in round 5 of the competition, the Connacht Rugby medical team provided the following update.

Post Scarlets game

Andrew Browne
Following an X-ray on Monday, it was confirmed that second row Andrew Browne suffered an A/C fracture in the opening half of Sunday’s game. The Galway man is facing 4 to 6 weeks on the sidelines.

Kieran Marmion
Scrum half Kieran Marmion suffered a hip flexor during the weekend’s PRO12 clash in Wales. The 23-year-old will be monitored this week ahead of the team announcement.

Craig Ronaldson
Versatile back Craig Ronaldson will also be closely monitored this week, having taken a knock to his right shoulder.

Returning

Denis Buckley
Loosehead prop Denis Buckley has been cleared fit and available for selection this week following a positive review with the surgeon who performed his ankle operation in December. The 25-year-old has been re-registered to the European squad list, in place of Saba Meunargia from the Academy.

Eoin McKeon
Number 8 Eoin McKeon is also available for selection this week, having returned from the elbow injury sustained in early December.

Darragh Leader
Galway man Darragh Leader has re-joined training this week and is expected to be available for selection in the coming weeks.

Others

Robbie Henshaw
Last week’s CT scan showed that Robbie Henshaw’s hand fracture was not fully healed. The surgeon has advised another 1-2 weeks before the Ireland international returns to match action.

Nepia Fox-Matamua
Openside flanker Nepia Fox-Matamua’s surgery last week on his ruptured ACL was successful and the New Zealander is expected to be fit for pre-season 2016/17.

Brive v Connacht
Saturday January 16th
Stade Amedee-Damenech
Kick off 8:45pm local time

Live on FR4 / beIN Sports
Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys

 

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