Friday 17 January 2020

Lock stocks shock as Kleyn gets it in neck

Jean Kleyn. Photo: PA
Jean Kleyn. Photo: PA

JJ Hanrahan will be fit for Munster's attempt to complete the great escape against the Ospreys this weekend as they hope for the spectacular series of results which may yet nab them an unlikely last-eight spot.

However, Jean Kleyn is due a scan on an injured neck and, after being unable to carry a second-row on their bench during Sunday's damaging defeat in Paris, Johann van Graan will be hoping Fineen Wycherley can pass his head injury assessment (HIA).

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Hooker Rhys Marshall and prop James Cronin may also return to boost the squad to face the beleaguered Welsh side in Thomond Park on Sunday when they need five match points and hope other results go favourably.

"JJ was fine," said Van Graan. "His hamstring was fine. He was pretty banged up, they ran quite hard in his channel and he took a bit of contact but he's fine. Obviously we'll look after him during the week but no problems with him.

"Jean took a bang. He makes a lot of contact and we'll know more later in the week on him.

"Fineen Wycherley is still going through HIA following the knock against Ulster so we hope he comes through as we are thin on ball-carriers and on second rows. That would be very important for us."

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