Murray looks set to miss Perpignan return fixture

Colm Kinsella

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Colm Kinsella

Conor Murray leaves the field injured during Munster's win over Perpignan on Sunday
MUNSTER look set to be without scrum-half Conor Murray for Saturday’s crucial return Heineken Cup pool game with Perpignan in France after the Lions star picked up a knee injury in his side’s 36-8 bonus point win at Thomond Park.

MUNSTER look set to be without scrum-half Conor Murray for Saturday’s crucial return Heineken Cup pool game with Perpignan in France after the Lions star picked up a knee injury in his side’s 36-8 bonus point win at Thomond Park.

Murray was forced ashore as early as the 16th minute and was replaced by Cathal Sheridan.

Munster coach, Rob Penney said: “Conor Murray is our main injury worry. Obviously, we don’t know how bad it is yet.

“He is feeling a little better now than he was when he came off, but I suspect he won’t be around next week.”

Coach Penney is hopeful out-half Ian Keatley, who sustained a ‘corked’ thigh injury, will be fit to play in Perpignan, while full-back Felix Jones, who suffered from cramp, is expected to be fit for the Round 4 clash.

Munster scored five tries through Sean Dougall, Dave Kilcoyne, Keith Earls, James Coughlan and a penalty try to record an impressive victory which takes the province two points clear of Gloucester at the top of Pool 6.

The game also saw a Heineken Cup debut for promising Shannon hooker, Duncan Casey, who came on as a second half replacement.

Penney said: “Duncan Casey was terrific. Goodness, he had a great little cameo. He had big shoes to fill with Mike Sherry out injured.

“Internally, we had a lot of faith in the kid given what he had done at ‘A’ level and we had seen in the AIL. He really delivered at a crucial time.”

Asked to comment on weekend reports that centre Casey Laulala would be moving to French side Grenoble next season, Penney said: “I have no idea what is happening with Casey (Laulala) at the moment. He is obviously off contract at the end of the season.

“I think there is multiple people talking to him at present, including ourselves.”