Ahead of the Guinness PRO12 round 3 game at home to Cardiff Blues, the Connacht Rugby medical team provided the following update.

Returning

Eoin McKeon, Darragh Leader and Niyi Adeolokun have all completed their respective rehab programmes. All three have returned to full training and are available to the coaching team this week.

Ben Marshall

Ben Marshall fractured a bone in his forearm in the second half of the game with Glasgow Warriors on September 11th. It is expected that the lock will be out of action for another six weeks.

Dave McSharry

While playing for Dublin club UCD in Saturday’s AIL division 1A 10-try rout of Young Munster, Connacht centre Dave McSharry broke his finger. He underwent surgery on Tuesday of this week but is expected to be sidelined for up to eight weeks.

Eoghan Masterson

22-year-old back rower Eoghan Masterson suffered a hamstring strain in training last week. While unavailable for the match with Cardiff Blues, the Portlaoise man is expected to return for the Zebre game on October 16th.

Shane O’Leary

Versatile back Shane O’Leary sustained a concussion while playing club rugby with Galwegians RFC. He is unavailable to play while completing the return-to-play protocols.

Club Rugby

A break in PRO12 action for a second consecutive weekend saw a number of the Connacht senior and Academy squad avail of some game time with their clubs in the AIL on Saturday.

Under the guidance of former Connacht prop Brett Wilkinson, Buccaneers RFC made it two from three in division 1B with a 38 – 20 win over Blackrock College at Dubarry Park. Connacht forwards Dave Heffernan and Danny Qualter and Academy talents Shane Delahunt and Conor McKeon were all involved.

Aly Muldowney joined Caolin Blade and Sean O’Brien in lining out for Galwegians in division 1A but the men in blue suffered their second defeat to a Dublin club this season, losing out to Old Belvedere 24 – 12. Connacht Academy centre Peter Robb was on the winning side that day.

Dave McSharry played UCD in their 10-try demolition of Young Munster but the 25-year-old was unfortunate to come away with a broken finger that will leave him sidelined for up to eight weeks following surgery on Tuesday.

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