MUNSTER’s Mike Sherry is expected to miss the next six months after rupturing the cruciate ligament in his left knee.
Hooker Sherry will undergo surgery once the swelling goes down on the injury the Limerickman sustained playing against Newport Gwent Dragons in the PRO12 a week ago.
Sherry had enjoyed a productive start to the season having featured in 10 games for Munster and the Irish international will be hoping for a speedy recovery.
In Sherry’s absence, Damien Varley will fill the hooker berth for Munster against Perpignan in the Heineken Cup at Thomond Park on Sunday (12.45pm).
Shannon’s Duncan Casey has been included as the replacement hooker for Sunday’s Pool 6 clash.
Munster received better news in relation to their recently joined winger Gerhard van den Heever as the hand injury he picked up against the Dragons a week ago is not as bad as first feared. The South African is expected to make a return to training over the Christmas period.