Murray 'just not healing fast enough' for Sarries showdown
The curious case of Conor Murray's shoulder 'stinger' injury continues into its sixth week and a return of Munster's world-class No 9 appears no closer.
The Ireland star has not played since injuring his shoulder attempting to tackle George North during Ireland's defeat to Wales on March 10 and is not expected to be fit in time for Saturday's European Champions Cup semi-final against Saracens.
After receiving treatment in the 31st minute of the Six Nations clash, Murray played on until the 46th minute despite his passing being clearly hampered by the issue before being called ashore.
Joe Schmidt explained that the medical team felt the stinger could clear during the game, but it became increasingly clear that the injury was inhibiting the 27-year-old.
Ireland hoped to have him fit for the following week's game against England, while Erasmus has started almost every week since with the belief that he could play at the weekend only for the progress on the injury to prove slower than predicted.
"I wouldn't be qualified to answer that," Erasmus said when asked if he felt the Ireland decision to leave him on exacerbated the injury. "Maybe if he came off earlier he would have been out for six, seven weeks (anyway).
"I would really like to play him every Saturday but he is just not healing fast enough. It is as simple as that.
"I have got hope. Three, four weeks ago I had more hope because I just see the progress is slower than I would have thought it would have been. I would be lying if I was sitting here and saying I got more hope. I have the same hope as last week and he didn't play. It is what it is.
"The symptoms just have not gone away so to put a guy in crunch games, with the season ahead and the future ahead, it would just be too risky with that kind of injury to do that."
Duncan Williams is expected to be fit in time for Saturday's game after being withdrawn from the win over Ulster with a groin injury, but Rory Scannell is likely to miss out after damaging his ankle. CJ Stander is due to return to training.