Wednesday 13 December 2017

Star treatment key to Flannery's hopes

John Fallon

Ireland and Munster hooker Jerry Flannery yesterday visited a specialist in Germany, who has treated Usain Bolt and Bono, in a bid to rescue his career.

The 33-year-old, whose World Cup was cut short when he suffered another calf injury, is being assessed by Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt, who has been team doctor for Bayern Munich and the German soccer team as well as working with a host of athletes and celebrities.

Munster coach Tony McGahan yesterday confirmed that Flannery had travelled to Germany and said that the hooker's position might become more clear after he is assessed.

McGahan was able to give probable return dates for most of his casualty list, but Flannery's future is unclear.

"Jerry Flannery is indefinite at this stage. He is over in Germany getting some advice now, so we are hoping to find out more soon," said McGahan.

McGahan said that while Peter Borlase would be available in two to three weeks, he was pleased that veteran prop John Hayes had shelved his retirement plans.

"He (Hayes) is enthusiastic and that is the main thing, he is looking forward to continuing playing for a short time. He knows that the clock is there and that is the end of it," said McGahan, whose side will bid to get their Pro12 campaign back on track this weekend at home to Aironi following successive defeats.

Munster's Irish contingent have returned to training and McGahan is working out how many times he will be able to use players as he heads into 13 matches in as many weeks.

"The player management programme has been in place, so a group of those players can only play a certain amount of games in the first eight games," said McGahan, who noted that South African and English players were back in club action since being knocked out of the World Cup.

Irish Independent

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