Donal Lenihan says the incident which forced Conor Murray to withdraw from Munster's team ahead of their Guiness Pro14 meeting with Connacht "was an accident" and "nothing to do with the intensity of the warm-up."

Murray is the latest player from the side to pull out of a game due to an injury minutes before kick-off, but Munster head coach Johann Van Graan has said that he has no concerns over their warm-ups. 

He revealed on Monday that Murray's withdrawal was a "precaution", and that he would train fully today ahead of their Pro14 quarter-final against Benetton this weekend.

Lenihan says that such cases have occurred "in numerous games" and stresses that Murray's was an accidental collision.

"It's not just Munster, I've seen it in numerous games," Lenihan told RTÉ 2FM's Game On.

"You had Robbie Henshaw recently before an Irish game and Jamie Heaslip never played again after he pulled out against England.

"I think the Conor Murray incident was an accident. It was a clash and nothing to do with the intensity of the warm-up. These things happen. I think from a Munster perspective, given the loss of Keith Earls and Joey Carbery for the recent matches, had they lost Conor Murray as well, I think there'd be a minor panic down here.

"But the fact that the news emerged that Conor Murray trained and that they're hoping that Keith Earls and Joey Carbery will train tomorrow - they'll need those players if they want to contest for silverware over the remaining three weeks of the season."

Conway after being dispossessed by Fitzgerald

Munster overcame those losses in personnel to clinch a seven-point win in that Pro14 derby on Saturday, which gives them some momentum heading into their encounter with Benetton at Thomond Park.

They were forced to come through a disappointing start to get the better of Connacht. After going behind due to a Finlay Bealham try on 23 minutes, Andrew Conway was presented with an almost certain try.

But after intercepting a poor Tiernan O'Halloran pass, Conway was far too casual about his execution, which allowed Stephen Fitzgerald to rush back and knock the ball out of his hand. 

"That was a horror show," says Lenihan about the freak moment which was reminiscent of Jacob Stockdale's botched try-effort against Leinster. 

"To be fair, when Jacob Stockdale had his incident in the game against Leinster, at least he was under pressure. I mean Conway, there was so much space between him and the chasing Stephen Fitzgerald of all people, who had been part of the Munster squad up to quite recently.

"He never saw it coming, it was a complete shocker. To be fair to Conway, he seemed to deal with it, apologised for it and got himself back into the game and made a telling contribution afterwards.

"Just like Jacob Stockdale, you'll never see him do that again."