Sunday 18 August 2019

Chris Farrell set for spell on the sidelines after injuring knee in win over Argentina

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Johann van Graan takes full charge of Munster for the first time this week and he’ll do so without Peter O'Mahony and the other frontline Ireland stars.

Out-half Tyler Bleyendaal, who remains sidelined with a neck problem, may return for the European games against Leicester, but van Graan has a host of other injury problems to deal with.

The big issue is at centre where Chris Farrell joins the injury list after he damaged his medial ligament (knee) while playing for Ireland against Argentina on Saturday.

He will miss the rest of Munster’s European Champions Cup pool games. With Jaco Taute out for the season and Dan Goggin and Keith Earls sidelined, van Graan is low on centre options

Simon Zebo is going for a scan on the knee he damaged against Zebre on Sunday, while James Hart has a dead leg from that game.

Van Graan held a meeting with all members of the staff this morning and is being assisted by Andy Farrell at this afternoon's training, after the Ireland defence coach was drafted in to help the South African this week.

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