Munster's season of injury woes took another turn for the worse yesterday when it was confirmed that lock Dave Foley is out for the season.
The 26-year old has been ruled out until June and faces a battle to be a contender for the World Cup squad.
Foley suffered a wrist injury in the Champions Cup win over Sale Sharks in January which required surgery, but it was expected that he would be back in action in another month or two. But coach Anthony Foley confirmed yesterday that Foley will be sidelined until June.
"It's a tough blow for everyone but we are getting very used to bad news," said Foley. "He had an operation a couple of weeks ago and it was deemed he would be coming back before the end of the season but the consultant has stated it will be the middle of June."
There is somewhat better news for another Munster lock Donnacha Ryan who has been out with a troublesome toe injury since last March.
The 31-year-old yesterday went through his first full training session in Cork and has also gone through his first full scrum after being eased back into it over the past few weeks.
"It is a slow process to get him back and hopefully we are getting close to the end of that process and we will see him in a red jersey sooner rather than later," said Foley.
"There is no timeline on his return, he trained with us today and we will need to see how it will react tomorrow."
Munster take on leaders Glasgow Warriors at Irish Independent Park in Cork on Saturday evening (7.15).