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Injury Concerns For Munster After Exeter Arm Wrestle

There were plenty of sore bodies around the High-Performance Centre in UL this morning as Munster get ready to prepare for the visit of Gloucester to Thomond Park on Saturday at 1 pm. 

Munster put in their most physical performance of the season to earn a hard-fought draw against the Exeter Chiefs at Sandy Park but unfortunately for Johann van Graan and his coaching staff, a number of players are injury concerns ahead of this weekend.

Keith Earls is set to go for a scan today on the hamstring injury he picked up during the warm-up at Sandy Park. That injury meant Darren Sweetnam was parachuted into the starting lineup but Van Graan has confirmed that he is a “worry” ahead of the weekend.

“He’s actually going for a scan as we speak to look at the injury,” Van Graan said.

“Hopefully, we will know more later this afternoon or tomorrow. He’s a worry for us at the weekend.”

As expected, Conor Murray won’t be available this weekend and Alby Mathewson remains a doubt from the knee injury he picked up against Leinster.

“Conor is the same, he won’t be available for this weekend. Alby, we’ll give him as much time as we can. Hopefully, he will start running tomorrow but at this stage, it’s pretty difficult to say.”

Sammy Arnold, who suffered a throat injury during the second half of the clash with the Chiefs, will also see a specialist this week.

Johann van Graan of Munster
“Sammy is back with a big smile on his face. His throat still hurts a bit, what happened was he made a tackle on the far side and a boot caught him very badly, still a bit swollen, he’s going to see another specialist for another opinion and hopefully, we’ll know a bit more but he’s in very good spirits.”

The Munster head coach also revealed that John Ryan will be 50-50 for the weekend as he re-injured his ankle on Saturday.

“John Ryan rolled his ankle. Again, he hasn’t run yet so we’ll assess it as the week goes, we don’t think it’s very serious it’s still a 50-50 for the weekend.”

On a more positive note, Van Graan confirmed that Tyler Bleyendaal came through his cameo for Munster A on Friday with no ill-effects and he will be in contention for the weekend.

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Author: Sean McMahon

Sean is Deputy Editor and head rugby writer. You can contact him by email seanmc@punditarena.com or on Twitter