Connacht face frontrow problems ahead of Saracens game
Tightheads Loughney and White in doubt for clash with Premiership leaders Saracens
Brett Wilkinson in action for Connacht against the Ospreys. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho
Connacht have been left counting the cost if last weekend’s Pro12 defeat to Treviso in Italy as they prepare for Friday night’s Heineken Cup opener against Saracens at the Sportsground.
Their problems are particularly acute in the frontrow, where both tightheads Ronan Loughney (concussion) and Nathan White (calf) are in doubt for the game against Mark McCall’s Premiership table toppers.
Loughney started last Friday’s game at the Stadio Monigo, but was forced to retire after 28 minutes of the first half to be replaced by White.
Griffin is awaiting the results of a scan on a torn foot ligament but is likely to be sidelined for up to five weeks.
Dave McSharry and Denis Buckley returned to club rugby for the first time this season last weekend, but are unlikely to be risked against Saracens.