Munster facing Joey Carbery Champions Cup injury blow

Colm Kinsella, Rugby Correspondent, at UL

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Munster facing Joey Carbery Champions Cup injury blow

Munster look set to be without out-half Joey Carbery for their big Heineken Champions Cup semi-final clash with Saracens due to injury

MUNSTER look set to be without Ireland out-half Joey Carbery for their glamour Heineken Champions Cup semi-final with Saracens due to injury.

Head coach Johann van Graan confirmed at the province's press briefing at UL this Monday that Carbery is 'highly unlikely' to feature in Saturday week's semi-final clash with the Premiership giants at the Ricoh Arena, 3pm.

Carbery has been struggling with a hamstring injury which forced the talented playmaker off early in Munster's Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final win over Edinburgh 10 days ago.

In-form winger Keith Earls withdrew from Munster's starting line-up just before kick-off against Cardiff at Musgrave Park on Friday night as a precaution with left thigh tightness. 

Munster confirmed that Earls will be assessed by the medical department later today, Monday.

Van Graan said: "Joey, at this stage, is highly unlikely for the semi-final. There is a still a possibility, but like we said last week we will just take it day by day.

"At this stage we will see how he is next week.

“With Keith on Friday, it was more precautionary (not to start him). He’s such an important player and he was really stiff in the warm-up so we decided to pull him out. Luckily Sweets (Darren Sweetnam) is there, I think it’s the fourth time this year it’s happened so he’s been brilliant."

Munster have also confirmed that six players involved in the A side's 38-19 win over New England Free Jacks in the US on Saturday will return to the province today.

The six players, Dave O’Callaghan, Liam O’Connor, Alex Wootton, Gavin Coombes, Alex McHenry and Jack O’Sullivan have flown back from Boston to rejoin the squad in Limerick.