O'Donnell injury a blow to Munster hopes
MUNSTER have suffered a blow to their Heineken Cup chances after Tommy O'Donnell was ruled out of action for up to three months with knee ligament damage.
The Munster flanker was injured in their win over Zebre last weekend. A scan earlier this week revealed the extent of the damage and he is expected to be out for at least three months. He will see a specialist this week to determine a course of treatment.
It is a cruel blow for the 26-year-old Tipperary native. He was Munster's break-out player last season and was in contention to feature in one of Ireland's games in November. He will also miss Munster's Heineken Cup games in October and, probably, December.
There was better news with regard to the ankle injury sustained by Ian Nagle in the same game. His was just a sprain and he is expected back within the fortnight.
The updates on Andrew Conway and Felix Jones are also positive. Conway has resumed light training after 'tweaking' his groin against Zebre, while Jones will be back in "controlled contact" this week following a shoulder surgery in July.
Munster wrap up their Italian camp tomorrow night when they face Treviso. Captain Peter O'Mahony and his Ireland colleague Simon Zebo are expected to make their season debuts in the Pro12 league game.
Both players have been held back for Munster's opening two games because of IRFU protocols governing player welfare.
The Reds will continue their rotation for this weekend's game and a number of those who sat out last weekend's win over Zebre will also start.
Rob penney's side are two from two with a maximum of 10 points from their games against Edinburgh and Zebre to date.
Meanwhile, Leinster confirmed the signing of former Wallaby international Lote Tuqiri on a short term contract.
The 67 times capped 33-year-old was most recently playing Rugby League where he was also capped for Australia.