Friday 15 November 2019

Iain Henderson a doubt for Ireland's Australian tour


Iain Henderson. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Iain Henderson. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Cian Tracey

Cian Tracey

Iain Henderson is a doubt for Ireland's summer tour as the knee injury he picked up in Saturday's draw against Munster is set to keep him out for a spell.

The lock had to be helped from the pitch midway through the first half at Thomond Park and despite initial fears easing that Henderson had damaged his ACL, he is understood to have done significant damage to his knee.

The 26-year-old will almost certainly miss Ulster's potential Champions Cup play-off against the Ospreys, while he is also likely to miss out when Ireland play Australia in a three-Test series next month.

Elsewhere, CJ Stander insists that Munster did not over-achieve by reaching another Champions Cup semi-final, despite Johann van Graan only taking over mid-season.

"No, I wouldn't say it was an over-achievement," the Ireland No 8 said.

"We still had massive goals for the season. It was disappointing not to reach them. This is Munster. We want to be in those finals and have a chance to win."

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