Munster good news stories soften Sherry injury blow
MIKE SHERRY will visit a specialist tomorrow after Munster confirmed he had damaged his anterior cruciate ligament in Friday's win over the Dragons.
The hooker will definitely miss the back-to-back Heineken Cup clashes with Perpignan and could face months on the sideline if the injury proves to be as bad as feared.
Damien Varley will provide able cover for his fellow Ireland international on Sunday, but the injury leaves Rob Penney short of cover in the hooking department.
Shannon's Duncan Casey and Dolphin's Niall Scannell have not played for the province yet this season, but one of the two will be on the bench against the powerful Top 14 side.
The good news for the New Zealander is that Peter O'Mahony's dead leg, Dave Foley's hamstring and James Coughlan's eye injury have cleared and they'll return to training today, while Ireland pair Donnacha Ryan and Tommy O'Donnell return to limited training on Friday and could feature in Saturday week's return clash with the Catalans.
Paddy Butler has had the cast on his hand removed, while Simon Zebo will meet with a specialist to discuss his foot injury next week with a view to returning to training. Niall Ronan is still two to three weeks away from a return, while Gerhard van den Heever will also see a specialist tomorrow.
Perpignan, meanwhile, must do without three key players for the meeting with Munster, with impressive South African winger Wandile Mjekevu, lock Romain Taofifenua and Georgian prop Giorgi Jgenti all ruled out after Friday's defeat to Clermont Auvergne.
Already without former Munster man Lifeimi Mafi, whose suspension for a tip-tackle in their first-round defeat to Gloucester finishes on Monday morning, and banned Tongan prop Sona Taumalolo, the French club will also be without France centre David Marty and English No 8 Luke Narraway.
The club were also dealing with reports that Fijian pair Watisoni Votu and Isikeli Davetawalu were involved in a late-night incident during November and, as they come into the game on a three-match losing streak, it appears an opportune time for the Irish province to take them on.