With a Champions Cup clash around the corner, Munster coach Johann van Graan says he will continue to integrate Conor Murray and Chris Farrell back into the side.

The Reds meet Edinburgh in Cork on Friday (7.35pm) in the Guinness Pro14 and the South African is keen to get both Ireland players, who appeared as replacements in the win over Zebre on Sunday after long-term injury, back up to speed before the visit of Castres on 9 December.

"It’s great to have Conor back, just his presence [around the place]," Van Graan told RTÉ Sport.

"It’s great to see what he does off the field for those other guys who were on the bench.

"Some younger guys like Gavin Coombes and Sean O’Connor and the way they took control of the whole situation.

Chris Farrell at training on Tuesday

"We’ve planned very specifically for the whole squad. They know that over the coming nine weeks they are going to get opportunity somewhere.

"Some might get 30 minutes, some might start six games. We’ve got to plan for this block of three, then we’ve got three interprovincial derbies, then we’ve got two blocks in Europe and then we’ve got another game against the Dragons.

"The big focus is now on Edinburgh and on individuals. Certain guys have been involved in every Test the Irish have played and they won’t play this weekend.

"Certain guys have only played a few minutes, some of them might start.

"Conor and Chris, we’ll gradually build them up together with Jaco Taute. Get them all available going into the two weeks of Europe, that’s pretty crucial to us."

Munster sit top of pool 2, two points ahead of Castres, after a win and a draw over Gloucester and Exeter respectively.

In other injury news, the province said that James Cronin (leg) and Alby Mathewson (calf) have picked up knocks and will be monitored by the medical team this week. 

Darren Sweetnam was due to meet with a specialist today for a back injury sustained on international duty with Ireland against USA.