Monday 26 September 2016

Simon Zebo has surgery on his knee and is a doubt for the tour of South Africa

Published 11/05/2016 | 19:54

Munster's Simon Zebo and Francis Saili have both gone under the knife
Munster's Simon Zebo and Francis Saili have both gone under the knife

Munster winger Simon Zebo has had a surgical procedure performed on his knee after his season came to an end over the weekend.

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The province confirmed that the 26-year-old underwent a keyhole surgery on his knee yesterday and he is in a race against time to be fit for Ireland three-Test tour of South Africa which begins in Cape Town on June 11.

Francis Saili had an operation on his shoulder while Tommy O'Donnell and Niall Scannell are being monitored after suffering concussion in the victory over Scarlets on Saturday.

There is also concern over Andrew Conway who is struggling with a knee complaint.

A Munster statement this evening read: "Simon Zebo underwent a keyhole procedure on his knee on Tuesday with the winger expected to follow his rehabilitation programme for a number of weeks. A return timeline will be reviewed once initial post-op healing is complete.

"Centre Francis Saili underwent a procedure on his shoulder today and the New Zealander will commence his rehabilitation programme during the off-season.

"Tommy O'Donnell and Niall Scannell, who both sustained concussion during Saturday's encounter at Thomond Park, are being monitored by the medical staff this week while winger Andrew Conway continues to be reviewed for a knee injury he sustained in the final game of the season."

Ireland have already lost the services of Leinster's Josh van der Flier who has undergone surgery on an ankle injury and will be sidelined for the next eight weeks.

Tommy Bowe is also a major doubt.

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