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Published: 09:06 | 23/10/18

Van Graan expects Murray to be omitted

Munster head coach Johann van Graan does not expect Conor Murray to be included in the Ireland squad for the upcoming November internationals.

Murray has not played since Ireland's third Test win over Australia in Sydney on June 23 after picking up a neck injury in pre-season and it is unclear when he will be ready to make his return for Munster.

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt is due to name his squad for the November internationals on Wednesday and, with Murray yet to play this season, van Graan admits he would be surprised if the scrum-half is included in the panel.

“It would (be a surprise), because he is still a bit off being ready but Joe’s and David (Nucifora)’s communication has been fantastic to me since the day that I arrived," van Graan said.

“We are all very aligned and I believe so are all the provinces. That’s fantastic about Irish rugby. Everybody just wants the best for Conor so whenever the medical staff clears him we’ll all be on the same page."

Little is known about Murray's injury with Munster only revealing that he is progressing with his rehabilitation and van Graan does not know when he will be available.

"I don’t want to speculate on what’s the best for him," van Graan is quoted as saying in the Irish Examiner. "We are led by our medical team. Obviously, Conor wants to play, he is the most important, but he also knows his body and he is very important for Munster and very important for Ireland, so we’ll keep doing the best we can for him."

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