Simon Zebo and Damien de Allende have been ruled out of Munster’s interprovincial derby against Leinster due to injury.
Munster’s squad had the weekend off after their kick place shoot out loss to Toulouse in the Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final, although Saturday’s URC clash with Leinster has come too soon for Zebo and De Allende.
Zebo has been sidelined with a chest/ribs injury, while De Allende is also being treated for a chest injury and will miss the final round of the URC.
Munster captain Peter O’Mahony could also miss out.
Peter O’Mahony is also a doubt for Saturday’s game due to a shoulder injury, while Mike Haley’s availability will be determined later in the week after suffering a head injury against Toulouse.
Scrum-half Neil Cronin could also be unavailable for selection after injuring his ankle in training last week.
There is some positive news on the injury front for Munster however, as Gavin Coombes, Chris Cloete and Jack O’Sullivan have all returned to training this week.
Prop James French is also back in training this week as he steps up his recovery from a knee injury.
🗞️ SQUAD UPDATE | There is mixed news on the injury front this week but a positive update for Gavin Coombes, Chris Cloete & Jack O’Sullivan as they all return to training.
— Munster Rugby (@Munsterrugby) May 16, 2022
Leinster will likely rest their first-choice players.
Saturday’s game is of major significance to Munster, as only a bonus-point win against Leinster at the Aviva Stadium will guarantee the southern province a second place finish in the URC.
Should Munster finish second they will be guaranteed a home quarter-final as well as a home semi-final if they make it that far. If they lose on Saturday, Munster could finish as low as sixth place and miss out on a home quarter-final.
Leinster meanwhile are guaranteed to finish in first place regardless of the result on Saturday, and are likely to rest many of their first-choice players for the Heineken Champions Cup final against La Rochelle the following weekend.