Munster have today confirmed the extent of the injury suffered by hooker Mike Sherry and the news is not good.
Sherry underwent a scan to the knee injury he suffered during the win over Newport Gwent Dragons seven days ago and the results have shown a ruptured cruciate ligament in his left knee.
The 25-year-old will undergo surgery on the injury once the swelling subsides, but he will miss most of the remainder of Munster’s season and will be unlikely to be called upon for Ireland’s summer tour of Argentina.
In his absence, head coach Rob Penney will be able to install Damien Varley as the clear first-choice hooker with Shannon’s Duncan Casey set to make his competitive bow for the southern province off the bench during this Sunday’s clash with Perpignan.
The province had better news on the fitness of winger, Gerhard van den Heever, whose broken hand is not expected to keep him out of training for more than two weeks.