Sunday 18 August 2019

Carbery 'highly unlikely' to make Saracens semi-final

Joey Carbery. Photo: Sportsfile
Joey Carbery. Photo: Sportsfile

Rúaidhrí O'Connor

Munster look set to be without Joey Carbery for their Champions Cup semi-final against Saracens.

Johann van Graan, who yesterday announced his two-year contract extension as head coach, said his out-half is "highly unlikely" to be fit.

Carbery injured his hamstring in the week before Ireland's Six Nations game against Italy and suffered a recurrence when he came back for the quarter-final victory over Edinburgh.

The loss of Carbery is a real blow to Munster's prospects of making the final for the first time since 2008, but Van Graan is backing Tyler Bleyendaal to step up.

"Joey is highly unlikely to play next weekend," Van Graan said.

"We'll give him every opportunity to play but at this stage it's highly unlikely. We'll just take our time with him, it's day-to-day.

"Tyler played really well (against Cardiff). His last few weekends he did really well coming on against Zebre and Edinburgh.

"He was excellent again on Friday night. We have JJ (Hanrahan) and Bill (Johnston) as well who should get some game-time over the coming weeks.

International Rugby Newsletter

Rugby insights and commentary from our renowned journalists like Neil Francis, Will Slattery, Alan Quinlan & Cian Tracey.

"We're very happy with Tyler. Obviously if Joey doesn't play, it's a huge loss, but I think our theme has been we are going to back our squad and back the next man in."

Leinster welcome Devin Toner and Robbie Henshaw back to full fitness this week, while they are upbeat on Johnny Sexton's prospects of being fit for Toulouse.

Irish Independent

The Throw-In All-Ireland Hurling Final preview: Can Tipp's firepower edge clash with the Cats?

In association with Bord Gáis Energy

Editor's Choice

Also in Sport