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Injury concerns for Munster

Thursday, 19th October, 2017 9:54am

Munster look set to be without hooker Niall Scannell and outhalf Tyler Bleyendaal who were both injured inSunday's 17-17 draw against Castres for Saturday's game against Racing 92. 

Scannell was replaced after 54 minutes and is to undergo a scan for a thumb injury while Bleyendaal was replaced four minutes after Scanell and is set to undergo a scan for a neck injury. Outgoing Director of Munster Rugby Rassie Erasmus confirmed this week that both are unlikely to be available for Munster's crunch tie against the Parisians on Saturday at Thomond Park.

“Both of them are pretty doubtful,” Erasmus said this week when addressing a press conference. “It is a big worry to potentially be missing those guys.”

Scannell was replaced last week by Rhys Marshall who could be in line for his full European début while Bleyendaal's replacement Ian Keatley is likely to fill the number 10 jersey should Bleyendaal be ruled out.

Meanwhile Jean Kleyn’s progress continues to be managed by the medical team as he follows return to play rehabilitation for a neck injury.

On the arrival front, Pumas flanker Chris Cloete will link up with the squad this week on completion of his Currie Cup commitments on Friday night, and new head coach Johann van Graan will be in Limerick this week making arrangements for his family as they prepare for the upcoming move from South Africa.

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