23 Apr 14
Ireland's Rugby Union Players Association (IRUPA) yesterday announced their 2014 award nominations with four Munster players in contention for honours.
Paddy Butler, who injured a shoulder playing for Shannon at the weekend will have a scan today to determine the extent of the damage but Tommy O'Donnell (knee) and Tom Gleeson (shoulder) know their fate after sustaining injuries in the Ulster game. O'Donnell will be out for up to six weeks and in Gleeson's case, it looks like nearer to ten before he's able to resume full training.
Denis Leamy will have an operation next week on his hip that will keep him out for up to four months or effectively, as with Doug Howlett and Darragh Hurley, the rest of the season but on the brighter side Felix Jones, Troy Smith, Jerry Flannery and David Wallace all continue to progress along expected lines with a return to training anticipated sometime in February