Munster head coach Johann van Graan has given an injury update on his squad as they prepare for Saturday’s vital Champions Cup fixture with Saracens at Thomond Park.
Van Graan provided the latest details on the availability of Joey Carbery, Tyler Bleyendaal, Jeremy Loughman and Dave Kilcoyne.
All four players will not be available for Munster’s third game in Europe this season. Carbery was the first name up for van Graan today.
“He hasn’t trained with the squad yet. The ankle is improving and we will take it week by week.
“As we said yesterday, hopefully by the end of the month we will have him back out on the field. That’s all depending on how he goes day to day, but a lot of positives.”
The question of Tyler Bleyendaal’s fitness was also put to the Munster head coach.
“Tyler had some stiffness (in his neck) two weeks ago. We gave him the weekend and upon some further investigation from the medical team there is a new injury.
“Obviously with his history we will give him all the time that he needs and we will treat that very conservatively. We will just take it week by week with him.
“He is one of our top players at fly half and a leader in our group. I think the most important thing is Tyler himself as a man going forward after rugby.
“We will look after him very well and then hopefully he recovers pretty soon and gets back on the pitch.”
Van Graan also confirmed that Jeremy Loughman will not require surgery on his injured ankle (at this stage) and that he won’t be available in the next few weeks.
The situation with Dave Kilcoyne is that he is back running and itching to get going and is recovering well from a calf injury that he picked up at the World Cup.