Denis Hurley ankle injury adds to Munster’s problems
Tommy O’Donnell to learn extent of hip injury while Hurley set to miss campaign start
Denis Hurley will miss the start of the season because of an ankle injury picked up in training last week. Photograph: Inpho
Tommy O’Donnell will discover the severity of his injury in the next couple of days when he visits a specialist to review his hip problem.
O’Donnell was ruled out of the World Cup because of a dislocated hip picked up in last week’s warm-up against Wales, but is likely to face a lengthy run of Munster’s campaign on the sidelines.
And in a further blow to Anthony Foley’s side centre Denis Hurley will miss the start of the season because of an ankle injury picked up in training last week. Hurley, who last season switched to centre from his usual fullback role, sustained the injury when tackled during a non-contact session and Foley says he will at least miss the next two weeks.
“Denis is up at a specialist today (Monday) and I think Tommy O’Donnell is seeing someone on Tuesday or Wednesday. So until that I won’t know any more,” said Foley. “At training last Monday Denis went to go on an outside break and he got tackled which was unusual because we weren’t tackling in that drill.
“At my first view of it I was pretty worried, it looked a bad injury. But scans have revealed it is not as bad as first feared. Yeah he is a doubt for the start of the season, it’s not a two-week injury.
Foley and Munster will continue to gradually reintroduce his squad to pre-season action this Friday when they welcome Connacht to Thomond Park – the game is still regarded as a home fixture for Connacht despite the Limerick venue.
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“We had one or two bangs and knocks during the game. Tyler with his groin, Jordan Coughlan had a stinger in the shoulder but he should be fine. Robin came off and he is undergoing assessment at the moment. It’s nothing serious but obviously we need to see where he’s at.
“Tyler had a tight groin . . . We’ve given him a week to get right and get back to full fitness and be right for London Irish,” Foley said.