Ultan Dillane likely to return for Connacht after Ireland debut
Pat Lam also hopes Nathan White will be available for Pro12 clash with Edinburgh
Ultan Dillane: has played just 21 times for Connacht since making his debut against Leinster at the RDS last season. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho
The 22-year-old lock, who made a big impression during his second-half 14-minute cameo for Ireland, is a likely starter in Pat Lam’s squad on Friday.
It has been a whirlwind elevation to Joe Schmidt’s side for the Connacht Academy graduate, who has played just 21 times for the province since making his debut against Leinster at the RDS last season.
“We have the potential of having all five available this week, but it will have to be managed around training time and the short week, so we will see who we will select,” says Lam.
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However, captain John Muldoon who was a late withdrawal against Ospreys with hamstring tightness is available, while both Quinn Roux and number eight Eoin McKeon have also returned to training. Scrumhalf John Cooney has suffered a minor setback in training with his shoulder, but should be available for the Leinster fixture at the Sportsground.
Lam has confirmed number eight Eoghan Masterson is not expected to return until December after undergoing knee surgery to repair ligaments. Jack Carty, after two weeks recovering at home after his spleen operation, has returned to the squad, though is not involved in training.
With six matches remaining in the Pro12 and Connacht still the top of the table, Lam says it is exciting times as they head to Edinburgh for Friday’s fixture.