Munster director of rugby Rassie Erasmus issued an upbeat bulletin on the fitness of both Tyler Bleyendaal and Alex Wootton ahead of the province’s Guinness Pro12 play-off semi-final showdown against the Ospreys.

Erasmus's men finished top of the pile to earn home advantage and could set up a mouthwatering decider against Leinster if they can turn over the Welsh outfit at Thomond Park this Saturday (6.15pm, live on RTÉ Radio 1), and Leinster get past Scarlets at the RDS the night before.

Bleyendaal suffered a bicep injury in the 50-14 hammering of Connacht last time out but the out-half figured in training at UL today.

"I think he’s looking good to be able to play," Erasmus told RTÉ Sport. "He’ll be training today. He didn’t train last week."

Wing Alex Wootton damaged his hamstring in the same game but is making a rapid recovery.  

"Alex Wootton, I think he’ll be available to train by Wednesday, so since our last game not too many fresh injuries," Erasmus said.

Reflecting on the season as a whole and the challenges remaining in the Pro12, the South African said: "We’re proud the way the season has gone, even though we did fall out in Europe.

"They’re tough games, but if we prepare well and play well we should be in with a decent chance."

Munster have been victorious in both their encounters against Ospreys this season, drubbing the depleted Welsh side 33-0 at Musgrave Park in November before coming out on the right side of a 25-23 scoreline at the Liberty Stadium in February.

However, Erasmus has questioned the relevance of those results as a potential form guide going into this play-off encounter, saying: "The first game when we played them, obviously they had a lot of first-choice players out and the second game they had a few back, but they still weren’t at full strength.

"We’re preparing to have a tough, tough battle"

"Maybe you can’t even read into those results where we beat them both times.

"They’ve got a hell of a good team and great individuals and I think the main thing about them is the way they attack."

Home advantage has proven crucial in the competition, with no home team ever losing at this stage, not that Erasmus is heeding that statistic.

"I only heard that stat a week or so ago - that it’s actually a fact that no home team has ever lost a semi-final," he admitted.  

"If nobody told me that there wouldn’t have been pressure!

"We all know that Opreys and Scarlets will think a stat is just a stat. Next week the stat changes because you change the stat.

"We know they’ll come here giving themselves a good chance and if we’re not on top of our game it might be a long afternoon for us.

"We’re preparing to have a tough, tough battle."

Erasmus also paid tribute to the role Munster’s fans have played in the teams successes this season – even when the going has been tough.

"It’s the way they’ve supported us," the 44-year-old said.

"Sometimes we’ve played really bad and they kept on supporting us. Sometimes we’ve lost.

"The way they support is awesome.

"I guess the way we play - hopefully the results comes with the way we play - but I think the way we play and the way we put our bodies on the line and really put out the effort is the only way we can say thank you for our great support."

While the news on Bleyendaal and Wooton was positive, Ronan O’Mahony (fibula), Robin Copeland (shoulder), Jean Kleyn (neck), Dave Foley (wrist), Sean McCarthy (knee), Mike Sherry (back), Dave O’Callaghan (knee) all remain out.