As attention turns to the European Challenge Cup, the Connacht Rugby medical team provided the following update.

Post Cardiff Blues game

Craig Ronaldson
Craig Ronaldson was concussed in the first half of Friday’s game against Cardiff Blues. He will undergo the normal return-to-play protocols.

Kieran Marmion
Substitute scrum half Kieran Marmion was concussed at the start of the second half on Friday night and will undergo the return-to-play protocols.

Ian Porter
Try scorer Ian Porter suffered an ankle ligament sprain but the injury has settled well in past 24 hours. It is hoped that the scrum half will be available for the Newcastle game this week

Eoin McKeon
Try scorer Eoin McKeon sustained an elbow medial ligament tear. While the Galway man does not require surgery, he is expected to be sidelined for 3 – 4 weeks.

Darragh Leader
Darragh Leader fractured the second metacarpal in his hand. He is awaiting surgical review but is expected to be sidelined for two months

Quinn Roux
Second row Quinn Roux sustained a ruptured ankle syndesmosis during Friday’s game. The South African is awaiting surgical review today but is expected to be out of action for up to three months.

Bundee Aki (ankle), John Muldoon (calf) and Ronan Loughney (back) all sat out training today, Monday, and there is a question mark over their availability for this week.


Ben Marshall
Ben Marshall re-fractured his forearm in training last week. The  25-year-old second row, who returned to play for the Eagles last month, underwent surgery on Thursday but is facing another three months on the sidelines

Andrew Browne (hand laceration) and Danie Poolman (hamstring) are both training this week and are hopeful returnees for this week’s round three Challenge Cup clash with Newcastle Falcons

Connacht v Newcastle Falcons
Friday December 11th
The Sportsground
Kick off 7:45pm


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