MUNSTER head coach Anthony Foley is set to boost his squad to help off-set the loss of long-term injury victims Peter O’Mahony and Stephen Archer who is set to undergo surgery on a neck injury this Tuesday.
O’Mahony is expected to undergo surgery in the next few weeks once his knee settles further after rupturing his ACL in Ireland’s World Cup victory against France. The Munster captain is set to be sidelined for several months.
Munster have brought in Uruguay World Cup prop Mario Sagario on trial this week and he trained with the squad in Limerick on Monday. The 29-year-old, who has played for Paris PRO D2 side RC Massy, holds an Italian passport.
The loss of Archer through a neck injury could also mean that South African tighthead BJ Botha could have his short-term contract extended beyond December.
Munster head coach Foley confirmed that talks are continuing with the IRFU with a view towards bringing in cover for the injured O’Mahony. However, the timescale for signing any new flanker is an issue as squads for the Champions Cup having to be submitted by this Thursday.
Munster also confirmed that Academy lock John Madigan is another player expected to be side-lined for a number of months with a similar knee injury and is also awaiting surgery.
Foley said it was unlikely that he will have any of his Ireland players back for Friday night’s top-of-the-table clash at Scarlets in Wales with Simon Zebo and Donnacha Ryan, set to be the first to return.
Scrum-half Conor Murray and Keith Earls, who featured in all five games of Ireland’s World Cup games, are likely to be given some time to recover.