Ireland's Six Nations prospects received a boost yesterday with the news that Jerry Flannery is expected to return to action three to four weeks.
The Munster hooker was ruled out of last Friday's Heineken Cup win over Perpignan at Thomond Park with an Achilles problem and initial fears were that the injury was serious enough to jeopardize his participation in the Six Nations which begins in early February.
However, exploratory surgery in London, it was deemed that Flannery would be available for selection by the middle of January with Munster coach Tony McGahan penciling hoping to have him back for the trip to Treviso on the weekend of the January 17/18.
“It's good news for Jerry, I'm delighted for him, his entry point back into playing games looks like Treviso at this stage,” said McGahan yesterday.
Denis Fogarty filled in admirably for Flannery in the 24-23 victory over Perpignan and should start in Sunday's clash with the French champions at the Stade Aime Giral, despite sitting out yesterday's training session in Limerick with a tightness in his calf muscle.