Sunday 18 August 2019

Blow for Munster with Keith Earls set to be ruled out of Saracens semi-final clash

Munster's Keith Earls. Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
Munster's Keith Earls. Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

Cian Tracey and Rúaidhrí O'Connor

Keith Earls is expected to be ruled out of Munster's Champions Cup semi-final against Saracens tomorrow (3.0).

The winger is struggling with a thigh injury and despite being given every chance to prove his fitness this week, Earls looks set to miss out on the clash at the Ricoh Arena.

Earls has been in excellent form this season and his absence would be a massive blow to Munster, who are already without Joey Carbery due to his troublesome hamstring.

Jean Kleyn is also struggling to recover from a leg injury.

Tyler Bleyendaal is set to start in place of Carbery, with Darren Sweetnam likely to replace Earls.

Meanwhile, James Lowe is in line to start for Leinster in their semi-final against Toulouse on Sunday (3.15).

An injury to Jamison Gibson-Park has opened the door for the brilliant Kiwi winger to return to the side along with Johnny Sexton.

Toulouse second-row Joe Tekori has been cleared to play.

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