MUNSTER winger Keith Earls has been ruled out of action for between six and eight weeks after sustaining medial ligament damage to his left knee in last weekend’s Heineken Cup victory over Edinburgh.
Earls was scheduled to join his Irish colleagues in camp on Sunday evening after Munster’s Round 6 Heineken Cup game. However, after picking up the injury to his left knee at Thomond Park, he was replaced after 25 minutes and consequently did not travel to Carton House.
Twenty six-year-old Earls underwent a scan on his injured knee on Monday before meeting with the specialist yesterday in Dublin where the injury prognosis was confirmed.
The predicted timeframe for Earls recovery would give 26-year-old an outside chance of facing Italy in Ireland’s second last game of the RBS 6 Nations Championship on March 8. Ireland’s last fixture in the 6 Nations, away to France on March 15, is just over eight weeks away.
Earls, capped 39 times for Ireland, signed a new two-year contract with the IRFU on Tuesday, which will see him remain at Munster until at least June 2016.