Ireland and Munster lock Paul O'Connell's last game was against Scotland in the RBS 6 Nations
Munster captain Paul O'Connell and Irish international teammate Keith Earls face a battle to be fit in time for the Heineken Cup semi-final against Biarritz after both were omitted for Saturday's game against the Ospreys.
O'Connell has not played since Ireland's RBS 6 Nations defeat to Scotland while versatile back Earls is also suffering with a groin problem.
But although they will not feature in their key Magners League clash with the Ospreys, team manager Shaun Payne believes they will return in time for their trip to France.
He said: "We need them training. They can't go into a game with any preparation at all.
"It's an injury that needs rest and the more you load it the worse it's going to get.
"We'd be confident that both of them will be available, but these are difficult injuries and they are very frustrating for us to have to deal with. There is obviously a situation where there will be a cut-off point."
The RBS 6 Nations Championship 2015 was not poised to go down as one of the more "vintage" Championships, though there was great anticipation as the action headed into its final day. What transpired was something that nobody could foresee: "The Greatest Day in Rugby's Greatest Championship."