Munster head coach Johann van Graan has confirmed today that out-half Joey Carbery is a doubt for the Heineken Champions Cup semi-final clash with Saracens at the Ricoh Arena in two week’s time.
Carbery was removed from the fray with a hamstring injury in the opening half of Munster’s quarter-final victory over Edinburgh at Murrayfield and the southern province will be sweating on his fitness for the biggest game of their season in two weeks.
Carbery’s potential absence is at least offset somewhat by the form of Tyler Bleyendaal who steered Munster to victory when he replaced Carbery in that win over Richard Cockerill’s side.
Nevertheless, Munster will be disappointed if they don’t have their star out-half at the helm for the serious challenge which Saracens will pose.
“Joey at this stage is highly unlikely for the semi-final,” van Graan told The Irish Examiner.
“There’s still a possibility but no, like we said last week we’ll just take it day by day. At this stage, we’ll see how he is next week.”
In other news, Keith Earls will be assessed by the medical department today after the in-form winger suffered tightness in his thigh before Friday night’s clash with the Cardiff Blues. As a precaution, Earls was withdrawn having been originally selected to start and Munster will hope that the injury isn’t too serious.
In more positive news, van Graan signed a two-year contract extension with Munster which you can read about here.