Connacht have a number of injury concerns ahead of Saturday’s RaboDirect Pro12 game away to Ospreys.

After a bruising encounter against Harlequins in the Heineken Cup, the backs trio of Robbie Henshaw, Tiernan O'Halloran and Mata Fifita, as well as the centre partnership of Eoin Griffin and Dave McSharry, all picked up knocks. Similarly, up front, Mike McCarthy and Adrian Flavin are also nursing injuries. 

Andrew Browne, Gavin Duffy, Matt Healy, Mark McCrea, Paul O'Donohoe, Ethienne Reynecke and Kyle Tonetti all remain unavailable due to injury. 

Head coach Eric Elwood expressed that "it's been a busy fortnight with two teams competing in Europe - Heineken and B&I Cup - and with this our ninth consecutive match weekend there is obviously a big demand on our squad and we are looking at some injuries.

But it's back to Rabo duty this week, and we're very much looking forward to the Ospreys game. Over the years, we've had huge physical encounters with the Welsh side and we'll be expecting the same this weekend."