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Munster welcome back Conor Murray for key Heineken Cup date with Saracens

Updated: Wednesday, 05 Dec 2012 12:05 | Comments

Murray's return a boost as Munster seek to take top spot from Saracens in Pool A
Murray's return a boost as Munster seek to take top spot from Saracens in Pool A

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Conor Murray looks set to start for Munster in their Heineken Cup clash at home to Saracens on Saturday.

The effects of a knee injury sustained last season saw the player miss last weekend's RaboDirect Pro12 win over Glasgow -but Murray described it as no more than a niggle.

He now looks set to partner Ronan O'Gara at half-back in the first of back-to-back matches against their English opponents that will go a long way to deciding who claims a last-eight spot in this year's competition.

Speaking ahead of the game, Murray said that last week's injury scare was only a "small thing" and added: "It stemmed from the game against France last season.

"I suffered a little bit of a tear in that Six Nations game and because of the amount of games I've been playing, it aggravated that injury.

"The week off did it the world of good. I feel relaxed now and I just came through my first pitch session and it feels fine."

On Tuesday it was announced that flanker CJ Stander will be out of action until January after breaking a bone in his hand.

The 22-year-old suffered the injury during a man-of-the-match full debut performance against Glasgow.

Stander joins fellow back-rowers Niall Ronan, Sean Dougall and Tommy O'Donnell on the sidelines for the upcoming Thomond Park clash.

James Coughlan, who has returned from a groin injury sooner than expected, has been added to the squad.

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