MUNSTER’S hopes of securing a top four play-off place in the Guinness Pro12 and qualifying for next season’s Champions Cup have been dealt a major blow with news that back-row Peter O’Mahony will not play again this season.
Munster had hoped that O’Mahony would return from the cruciate ligament knee injury he picked up at the Rugby World Cup last October in time to feature in their crucial end-of-season Pro12 fixtures.
However, head coach Anthony Foley revealed yesterday at a press briefing at the Castletroy Park Hotel that he does not expect the 26-year-old Ireland back-rower to feature in the red jersey before next season.
Sixth-placed Munster are preparing for a crucial interprovincial clash with high-flying Connacht at the Sportsground on Saturday, 7.15pm.
On a positive note for Munster ahead of their trip to the West, Donnacha Ryan is set to be available having come through his return to play protocols following the concussion he sustained against Leinster.
Dave O'Callaghan could return to training with the province later this week after being diagnosed with bone bruising to his knee while Dave Foley's ankle ligament injury is not as serious as first feared.