BRITISH and Irish Lions scrum-half Conor Murray is set to answer an injury SOS against Gloucester in the Heineken Cup on Saturday.
The Munster star has been out of action for four weeks with a knee injury but has returned to training alongside fellow Lion Simon Zebo.
It is a timely boost for the Irish province after back-up scrum-half Cathal Sheridan picked up a knee injury against Ulster.
Rob Penney said: “Conor trained in a managed way yesterday, as did Zeebs, and we’ll make a decision later in the week on their availability, depending on how they get through post-training recovery and what their bodies are like. I’ve just got to give so much credit to our medical and strength and conditioning teams, who have worked really diligently with both Conor and Zeebs in particular and I suppose it’s unbelievably coincidental that we lose Cathal (Sheridan) for four to six weeks and Conor’s on the cusp of returning.”
Forwards Damien Varley and Donnacha Ryan have also been passed fit.