Wolves Head Coach Pete Johnston has illness and injury concerns as his side prepare for the 50-over leg of their South African tour this week.

Two players have been struck with a stomach bug, plus one with a chest infection, while Rush left-hander Neil Rock has been forced to return home with an unspecified injury.

“On the fitness front, things are challenging here at the moment" confirmed Johnston. "During that last T20 we had to go out of our squad of 14 and bring in a young Academy player Mike Frost, who actually did very well. To get the win was very pleasing – particularly that big chase – but even more pleasing was that we achieved it despite being down to just the eleven players.

"Unfortunately, as alluded to there, we have a few health and injury challenges, but we will hopefully get everyone right and fit for Wednesday. But at the moment we have two guys down with gastro bugs, one with a chest infection, and unfortunately Neil Rock – who came into the tour carrying an injury that hasn’t improved – flies home today. We wish him all the best and a swift recovery.”

“We’re really looking forward to the 50-over component of the tour, we’ve had a few new players join us which is great. We know Namibia won’t lie down – they’ll be looking for revenge. They’ll look to put us under pressure and it will be about how we adapt to 50-over cricket."

Ireland face Namibia on Wednesday and Thursday, before concluding their tour on Saturday with a clash against a Northern Titans XI.