Munster and Ireland have been dealt a significant injury blow with news that full back Simon Zebo has been ruled out of action for at least five weeks.
The lay off is a result of sustaining a fractured rib in Munster’s opening PRO12 fixture away to the Scarlets last weekend. Thankfully for Munster fans, the Reds went onto win the game regardless with the help of tries from captain Peter O’Mahony and James Cronin.
The news is a massive blow to Munster though. The Ireland winger and full back now faces a race against time to be fit as without a quick recovery, Zebo is likely to miss Munster’s first Champions Cup fixture against Dan Carter’s Racing 92 away at Stade Yves Du Manoir on October 16.
— Simon Zebo (@SimonZebo) September 8, 2016
The blow to Zebo himself is even more significant, considering the important this season is to him personally. With a Lions tour on the horizon and a Munster side seeking redemption, the Ireland international couldn’t have picked a worst time to fracture a rib.
In one of the highlights of his career so far, Zebo played for the British and Irish Lions against Australia back in 2013. Making the cut to go to New Zealand was a big target for him this coming season and, furthermore, the former Lion was hoping to help Munster improve on their poor season last year and help them to the the top of the PRO12 table.
In the absence of their leading try scorer of all time, a replacement has nonetheless been found. Munster have recruited South African international Jaco Taute; the Springbok, however, will only be in Cork for a short time. He has joined the province on a short-term, four-month loan from the Stormers.
Patrick Perry, Pundit Arena