DONNACHA Ryan has emerged as an injury concern for Munster’s crucial final two Heineken Cup pool fixtures against Gloucester and Edinburgh next month.
And in a second blow for Rob Penney’s side, Simon Zebo will not be ready for a return to action in Friday night’s glamour RaboDirect PRO12 clash with Ulster at Ravenhill (7.05pm).
Ryan sustaining a swollen knee after training 10 days ago which still hasn’t cleared up. The second-row met with the specialist and underwent a scan to rule out any new injury concerns. Thirty year-old Ryan had only returned to action after a two-month lay-off through injury in Munster’s away Heineken Cup pool fixture against Perpignan earlier this month. Ryan will continue to be monitored for now.
Simon Zebo has been sidelined since mid-October when he cracked a bone in his foot in the opening round of the Heineken Cup away to Edinburgh.
Munster head coach, Rob Penney said: “Donnacha Ryan won’t be available to us for Ulster on Friday. Donnacha is possibly a doubt for the Heineken Cup games in January. I suspect it is marginal there. It is a real shame. It was a small incident, which set him back a bit. Zeebs won’t be available (for the Ulster game) either. Simon will be back on the grass this week.
“Obviously, because of the nature of the injury, we will just be ultra cautious. We don’t need to try and force him because he is really important to Irish rugby,”