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Scrum-half Marmion's return is a huge lift for Connacht

By John Fallon

Connacht will be boosted by the return of scrum-half Kieran Marmion, who played a pivotal role in Ireland's Six Nations victory over England, for Saturday's match against Glasgow Warriors.

However, Matt Healy is set to miss at least four weeks of action with a hand injury he picked up in training.

And the team's problems don't end there. Cian Kelleher is out until May with his hamstring problems, while flanker Nepia Fox-Matamua will have surgery on an ACL injury next week.

Connacht also look certain to be without out-half Marnitz Boshoff for an extended period, following the tragic death of his father, Jopie, in South Africa.

Boshoff, 28, who has played only twice for Connacht since his arrival from the Lions last October, was due to return from injury against Glasgow.

The Boshoff family travelled to South Africa yesterday and Connacht coach Pat Lam says his Springbok out-half will be given all the time he needs to recover after the death of his father, who suffered a stroke while driving.

"Marnitz was going well - he was training well. He would have been available for selection this week. He trained fully last week. He did all the contact stuff, ticked all the boxes," revealed Lam.

"It's tragic. The main thing for him now is to get home and be the strong character that he is for the family. They are all going to need him at this time.

"It's probably the worst nightmare, particularly for guys who come from overseas. Whenever you make the decision to leave, the hardest thing is leaving the loved ones behind."

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