MUNSTER have confirmed that Robin Copeland requires a shoulder stabilisation procedure, ruling the back row forward out for the remainder of the season.
Copeland sustained the injury in Munster’s Guinness PRO12 encounter against Leinster on St Stephen’s Day and a after meeting with the specialist this week it was confirmed that Copeland requires surgery.
There was better news for Munster on the injury front in the case of both Andrew Smith (knee) and CJ Stander (ankle). Both will make a return to full training at different stages this week and will continue to have their progress reviewed.
Johne Murphy (hand) resumes contact training this week, with long-term rehabber Cian Bohane (knee) advancing to on-pitch running.
Donnacha Ryan is another who continues to progress having made a return to modified, three-man, scrummaging. His development will be monitored at this level before advancing to the next stage.
Meanwhile Dave Kilcoyne (knee) and Luke O’Dea (hand) reported no ill effects following their return to action on Saturday night against Cardiff Blues at Musgrave Park. O’Dea’s start on the right wing marked his first senior appearance of the season while Kilcoyne got half an hour of game time from the bench.