O'Mahony goes under knife again to fix other shoulder
MUNSTER captain Peter O'Mahony has undergone a second operation in a month, this time on his right shoulder.
The Ireland blindside's season was ended when he damaged his left shoulder and underwent reconstructive surgery on the joint.
That was going to keep him out until early next season anyway, so the decision was taken to operate on a long-standing problem in the other shoulder this week.
The second operation is not expected to extend O'Mahony's absence from the game and it is hoped he will be back in time for the opening rounds of the Rugby Champions Cup next season.
"Peter has had ongoing issues for a long time with the shoulders, so he is getting both of them tidied up," said coach Rob Penney.
There was better news for scrum-half Cathal Sheridan, who returned to training yesterday, but the end of Donnacha Ryan's injury problems does not appear close as he continues to rehabilitate his foot injury alongside Mike Sherry, Barry O'Mahony and Dave O'Callaghan (all knee).
Hooker Duncan Casey will visit a specialist tomorrow to determine the extent of the shoulder injury he suffered against Edinburgh last weekend, while Andrew Conway sprained a toe and will undergo a scan.
Ulster, meanwhile, look set to field a shadow team for Saturday's final Irish derby of the season at Thomond Park.
With an end-of-season injury crisis on his hands and the team already qualified for the semi-finals with no hope of finishing above fourth, Mark Anscombe will keep his powder dry for a likely semi-final meeting with Leinster on Friday week.
Munster could still leapfrog Glasgow Warriors in the unlikely event that the Scots slip up against Zebre, but Penney admitted that he may also rest some of his front-liners ahead of the semi-final.