Friday 20 October 2017

Munster's BJ Botha out for four games with ligament tear

BJ Botha
BJ Botha
Conor George

Conor George

BJ BOTHA will at least miss the opening four games of Munster’s season after it was confirmed the tighthead prop has suffered a Grade Two Medial ligament tear.

Botha will rehab the injury for the next few weeks in the hope of making it back in time for the Celtic League game against Leinster on October 5, the last game before they open their 2013/14 Heineken Cup season.

A four week lay-off is the best Munster could have hoped for given the nature of Botha’s injury. There had been fears Botha might have suffered an even worse injury.

“It’s a four week minimum with this type of injury,” Penney said today.

“We’re lucky that we have some good young talent coming through and it’s exciting that these younger players will get a chance to show what they’re worth.”

Munster start their competitive season on Saturday night when they host Edinburgh in their opening RaboDirect Pro 12 game in Cork.

“We play them (Edinburgh) four times this season between the two competition so it’s important we start strongly.

“We learned a lot last season and believe we have a squad that has the depth to be competitive.

“We’ve lost some irreplaceable players like Ronan O’Gara but we have strengthened in areas too and the competition for places will be tough.

“This is an opportunity for guys to take their chance in these early games and I’m looking forward to seeing how the guys go.”

Munster will be without their international players for the first few weeks of the season but Penney is confident they can cope well without them.

“It’s about the younger guys stepping into the breach so we’ll see how they go,” added Penney

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