There is likely to be many sore bodies after Munster’s bruising 9-7 victory over the Exeter Chiefs at Thomond Park on Saturday night.
In what was an incredibly physical affair, the southern province secured an away trip to Edinburgh in the quarter-finals of the Champions Cup thanks to three penalties from the boot of Joey Carbery.
Head coach Johann van Graan, speaking to the media today at the University of Limerick, revealed some of the injury concerns in the aftermath of the weekend’s match and it seems like it could be bad news for Tommy O’Donnell.
The Tipperary native has had an injury-disrupted two years and van Graan confirmed he injured his shoulder in the first half which resulted in Arno Botha replacing him at halftime. O’Donnell was only four games back from his most recent ankle injury and the province will hope that a subsequent scan will allay their initial fears.
The province have confirmed that O’Donnell will see a specialist but van Graan said that “he might be out for a long time” which will come as cruel news to the 31-year-old.
As previously reported, Andrew Conway has not travelled to Portugal with the Ireland squad. He will stay in Limerick to recover from a knock he sustained against Exeter before joining up with the squad in Carton House next week.
The same applies to Tadhg Beirne who will recover from a knee injury which has ruled him out of Ireland’s opening two games against England and Scotland.
Van Graan also confirmed that Conor Murray received a bang early in the game at Thomond Park but that he was fit enough to travel to Portugal with the rest of the Ireland squad.
“Conor took a knock early in the game but when I took him off it was tactical,” van Graan said on Monday.
“So he’s in camp. Andrew Conway stayed behind for the week to get his treatment here. Tadhg with that knee of his will be out for a few weeks.
“Tommy O’Donnell is seeing a specialist today, I don’t want to make any predictions but he might be out for a long time.”