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Munster attack coach Stephen Larkham. Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

Munster attack coach Stephen Larkham. Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

Munster attack coach Stephen Larkham. Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

Munster attack coach Stephen Larkham insists he understands why Joey Carbery played through the pain barrier in order to feature at the World Cup.

The province have remained coy about a possible return date for Carbery after he came back from Japan with "a fair bit of damage" to his ankle that he initially injured during the World Cup warm-up win over Italy in August.

Although the out-half is said to be on track with his rehab, there remains no time-line in terms of when he might return.

Privately, Munster are believed to have been disappointed with how the situation was handled, but Larkham is adamant that he understood how it played out from Carbery's point of view.

"It's not a frustration at the moment because Tyler (Bleyendaal) and JJ (Hanrahan) are playing really good footy," the Australian said.

"If you think about that situation, it's a World Cup, it comes around once every four years. It's something that's very special to every player.

"Joey wanted to push himself, the coaches wanted him out there because he's such a talented player. I can understand how the situation evolved.

"We've told Joey, and Joey's on board, that we want to make sure that we rehab this properly and give him a good chance to actually get back to full peak fitness. So from our perspective, no frustration. I completely understand the situation."

JJ Hanrahan returned to training yesterday, but he is in a race to be fit for Saturday's Champions Cup clash at home to Racing 92 with Bleyendaal poised to continue at 10.

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