Friday 28 April 2017

CJ Stander provides positive injury update ahead of Champions Cup semi-final

CJ Stander of Munster makes his way off the pitch during the European Rugby Champions Cup Quarter-Final match between Munster and Toulouse at Thomond Park, in Limerick. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
CJ Stander of Munster makes his way off the pitch during the European Rugby Champions Cup Quarter-Final match between Munster and Toulouse at Thomond Park, in Limerick. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

Munster number eight CJ Stander has provided some good news regarding his injured ankle with the Ireland backrower telling fans at Thomond Park that he should be ready for the province's Champions Cup semi-final with Saracens in Dublin next weekend.

Stander played 65 minutes in Munster's quarter-final win over Toulouse a fortnight ago, but picked up a right ankle injury which forced him from the field for the remainder of that game, and which also ruled him out of last weekend's win over Glasgow and this weekend's clash with Ulster.

However, the 27-year-old told fans before the game with Ulster on Saturday that he was confident of returning for next Saturday's semi-final with Saracens.

 

Stander has been instrumental for Munster this season and scored the province's first try in the win over Toulouse. Earlier this week, Munster Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus said that he was worried for the availability of both Stander and scrum-half Conor Murray, who also missed Saturday's game against Ulster with a shoulder injury.

"I'm nervous for CJ and Conor because they are important players like any other coach would be at this stage of the season," said Erasmus.

"Other coaches, Mark McCall at Saracens, I'm sure they all have worries and we are the same. CJ and Conor are world-class players and it would be great to have them available.

"My gut feeling is that CJ has a better chance than Conor because of the speed of recovery of the two at this stage. They have a good chance but not this week although they are not ruled out."

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