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Chris Cloete Sidelined “For The Immediate Future” With Ankle Injury

Guinness PRO14, Nelson Mandela Bay, Port Elizabeth, South Africa 5/10/2019 Isuzu Southern Kings vs Munster Chris Cloete of Munster leaves the field injured Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Richard Huggard

Munster head coach Johann van Graan will have to plan without Chris Cloete for the immediate future after the South African suffered an ankle injury against the Southern Kings.

Cloete replaced Tommy O’Donnell in the 59th minute of the 31-20 win at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium but was forced off shortly after with an ankle injury.

The province have called up Academy player Jack O’Sullivan in his place who, after an impressive preseason, made his competitive debut for Munster during their bonus-point win over Dragons in the opening round of the PRO14 season.

O’Sullivan landed in South Africa today and will join up with the squad in Johannesburg where Munster are based until Thursday.

On Friday, the side face the Cheetahs (kick-off 5.15pm Irish time) and van Graan is wary of the side who recently claimed the Currie Cup.

“This week is going to be even more difficult with the conditions and temperatures, playing at altitude against the Cheetahs.

“They are a team on form, and have been excellent in the Currie Cup. In the PRO14 so far they have dispatched Glasgow and Ulster comfortably at home, and hopefully, we can learn from those games.

“From our point of view we have to focus on ourselves, and we’ve enough to work on following Saturday’s game.

“It’s only week three in the competition and there’s such a long way to go so we’ll take our points from the Kings game and move on.

“After an initial review on Chris Cloete’s ankle injury we’ve released him from the touring group as he won’t be available for the immediate future.

“In retaining a group of 28 available players we’ve brought in Academy back-row Jack O’Sullivan, who arrived today.”

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