Munster must face into back-to-back clashes against reigning European champions Saracens without the services of experienced out-half, Tyler Bleyendaal.
Following a bright start to the season, Bleyendaal was ruled out of their European clash with Racing 92 with neck stiffness and the province confirmed that he will be rested for a number of weeks in order to take “every precaution with his recovery.”
That means that Munster are once again left stretched in the 10 jersey with JJ Hanrahan expected to start against Saracens in Thomond Park this weekend. Academy out-half Ben Healy impressed against Edinburgh on Friday night, kicking four from four, and could see some game time in Europe in Bleyendaal’s absence.
Meanwhile, there appears to be light at the end of the tunnel for Joey Carbery as he continues to rehab an ankle injury originally suffered in Ireland’s World Cup warm-up clash against Italy.
Munster expect the 24-year-old to make his return for action at the end of the month which coincides with the visit of Leinster to Thomond Park on December 28.
There was further good news for Jeremy Loughman as a scan last week confirmed that he will not require surgery on the ankle injury he sustained against Racing 92 but will be managed conservatively by the medical staff.
There were no fresh concerns for the province following the weekend’s 16-18 loss to Edinburgh at Irish Independent Park in Cork.
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Chris Cloete will continue to follow the return to play protocols while Dave Kilcoyne, Ciaran Parker and Darren Sweetnam remain unavailable with respective calf and hamstring injuries.
Munster welcome Saracens to Thomond Park on Saturday evening (KO 5.30pm) before a return trip to Allianz Park on Saturday 14 December (KO 3pm).
The province had installed additional seating in the Limerick venue ahead of this weekend’s clash to bring the capacity to 26,267 with a full house expected.