Keith Earls signs two-year contract extension
‘Full prognosis’ Ireland wing’s knee ligament injury due in ‘coming days’
Munster’s Keith Earls leaves the field injured against Edinburgh on Sunday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho
Earls, who will meet with a specialist on Wednesday to determine the exact nature of a knee injury he sustained in the final Heineken Cup pool game against Edinburgh, will now remain at Munster until at least June 2016.
“I am delighted to sign a new IRFU contract and to continue representing my province,” said Earls today. “ This Munster team has shown it has what it takes to compete with the best in Europe and I look forward to playing my role in bringing further success to both Munster and Ireland.”
Munster Coach Rob Penney added: “We are delighted that Keith has signed a new IRFU contract which will see him remain a Munster player until the end of the 2016 season.
“Keith is an exciting player whose speed and acceleration can cause havoc for opposition defenses. As a senior member of the squad he will play a huge role in the future success of the province.”
Earls limped off the pitch in the first half of the bonus-point win at Thomond Park on Sunday after being injured in a tackle. He underwent a scan yesterday, which confirmed ligament damage, but a “full prognosis” will not be known until tomorrow at the soonest and Munster say there will be “a further update in the coming days”.
A statement from the province added: “As a precautionary measure, (Ireland lock) Donnacha Ryan underwent exploratory keyhole surgery on his knee last Friday.
“The procedure re-confirmed no additional injury or damage and he will continue with his rehabilitation for the next few weeks as he waits for the knee to settle.”