Saturday 29 April 2017

Rassie Erasmus confirms that Ian Keatley will cover both half-back positions from the bench

Munster director of rugby Rassie Erasmus during a press conference at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Munster director of rugby Rassie Erasmus during a press conference at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
David Kelly

David Kelly

Munster director of rugby Rassie Erasmus confirmed that there is still no exact indication of when Conor Murray may possibly return from the shoulder injury sustained almost two months ago in Cardiff and said that Ian Keatley will cover both half-back positions from the bench.

Eramsus also repudiated suggestions from Lions coach Warren Gatland this week that the star scrum-half had received a set-back during recuperation

“It’s the same as the previous six weeks. It is one of those things as I said all along. He has some nerve damage there.

Some guys take a week and some guys as you see now it takes six or seven weeks. In his case,  it could be eight or nine weeks, it is really hard to say how quickly the never may heal.It is frustrating for him and for us but unfortunately he is not ready for us.

“There was no setback, the setback is that it is taking so long. That is a setback, no specific incident happened.

“I guess he meant the setback is that in the beginning it was one week, whereas now we are in week six or seven already. The setback is the time it is taking to heal.

“For me it is impossible to say when he will be back. Until he has all his strength and power back, with no pain any more, then he will be able to play.

“Hopefully he can get a few games in before the Lions series, we would have hoped he would have got a lot of games in before now. But unfortunately not.

“We have a few plans to cover, we will have to make-shift some guys around in terms of that. In defence and attack, we will have different options to try to work out there. Obviously we are taking a bit of a risk with Ian Keatley on the bench.

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