MUNSTER have been dealt a major blow this week with reports suggesting that back-row forward Tommy O’Donnell could be sidelined for up to 12 weeks after sustaining a serious knee injury.
Initial reports suggest UL-Bohemian clubman O’Donnell could be out of action for 10 to 12 weeks after picking up the injury in the province’s bonus point win over Zebre in the PRO12 in Italy on Friday night last.
O’Donnell flew home from Italy for a scan on his injured knee and was due to see a specialist later this week.
It is a cruel blow for the 26-year-old who made his Test debut for Ireland as a replacement during the summer tour win over the USA in June. A week later, he started and scored a try in the 40-14 win over Canada. There is better news on the injury front for Munster full-back Felix Jones.
Jones underwent shoulder surgery at the start of July and following a meeting with his specialist on Monday, he was declared fit to return to some controlled contact training this week. The plan is for the Dubliner, to return to full training next week if all goes well.
Meanwhile, Munster second row Ian Nagle, who suffered strained tendons under his foot during the Zebre game, is currently undergoing rehabilitation and could return in two weeks. The province’s new winger Andrew Conway is back in light training this week following the groin strain he sustained against Zebre.