Munster's Keatley and Saili suffer knee ligament injuries

Colm Kinsella, Rugby Correspondent

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Munster's Keatley and Saili suffer knee ligament injuries

MUNSTER have confirmed that, following scans both Ian Keatley and Francis Saili sustained knee ligament sprains in last weekend’s Guinness Pro12 victory over Cardiff at the Arms Park.

A sprain to his posterior cruciate ligament saw Keatley leave the field on 21 minutes in the hard fought win over Cardiff, with centre Saili later picking up a collateral ligament sprain.

Both players have commenced rehab with the Munster medical team and are currently unavailable for selection.

Munster say ‘definitive timelines have yet to be decided’ for their return to play.

Munster’s next outing is a Saturday, March 25 Guinness Pro12 fixture away to Zebre in Italy, while Rassie Erasmus’ side face the crucial European Champions Cup quarter-final clash with Toulouse at Thomond Park seven days later.

Meanwhile, Munster say Jean Kleyn (neck), James Cronin (finger), Alex Wootton (shoulder), Sean McCarthy (knee) and Mike Sherry (back) continue their respective rehab programmes with Cronin and Wootton expected to be available for selection in the coming weeks.