Munster captain Peter O’Mahony has been rated as “50-50” by head coach Johann van Graan ahead of the southern province’s crucial winner-take-all clash with the Exeter Chiefs on Saturday evening.
The Thomond Park clash is a 1st v 2nd matchup with a win for the home side guaranteeing them progress to the quarter-finals.
O’Mahony was removed from the Kingsholm turf early in the second half of Friday’s bonus-point win over Gloucester due to a “popped rib” and the 29-year-old looked in some discomfort as he left the fray.
Munster have confirmed in an injury update today that O’Mahony went for a scan on Monday morning to determine the extent of the injury and that he is rated “50-50, at best” for Saturday’s Thomond Park clash against the Premiership side.
“He’s gone for a scan this morning,” van Graan told the media this afternoon.
“He’s had some treatment over the weekend, with a bang to the ribs and rib cartilage you do have a lot of pain. It’s not something that just goes away. We’ll give him every opportunity to recover up to Saturday.
“Unfortunately, if you’re a forward, it’s not something you can hide, if you go to the breakdown, or steal a ball. I had a chat with him this morning, he’s very open-minded about it. He’d love to play in this game, but his body has to work with it first.
“First and foremost, it’s Pete’s health that’s most important so we’ll make a decision on it later in the week.
Munster face the Exeter Chiefs on Saturday at 5.30pm at a sold-out Thomond Park.