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Champion’s Cup away win vital for Munster

Wednesday, 9th January, 2019 4:56pm

Munster resume their Champion's Cup campaign with a trip to Gloucester on Friday night.
Ahead of the clash it has been confirmed that Chris Farrell has been ruled out of the game but the province have received a timely boost with Peter O'Mahony returning in last Saturday's 24-31 win over Connacht.

Farrell underwent a scan on his knee this week after suffering an injury during Saturday nights win, a huge blow for the Munster player who has recently endured a lengthy injury spell on the sideline. Farrell had only returned to full team action in November after an ACL tear during the 2018 Six Nations and this latest setback will worry Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt with less than a month to go to the 2019 Six Nations.

Munster's medical team have confirmed that John Ryan, who was removed as a precaution for a head injury assessment in the first half of Saturday night’s win, has completed the HIA process and is training with the team while JJ Hanrahan is currently being assessed for a left hip injury.

Munster, who are top of Pool 2, travel to Gloucester, who are bottom-placed in fourth, but with only four points separating the two, an away win will be key for Munster if they are to progress to the quarter-final stages in April.

Elsewhere, the province has come under the spotlight this week with Ian Keatley rumoured to be joining Benetton Treviso next season. The transfer, first reported in the Limerick Leader, would seem inevitable with Keatley having yet to start a game for Munster this season.

The 31 year old has found himself down the pecking order, behind Joy Carbery, JJ Hanrahan and Tyler Bleyendaal.

The flyhalf has made 180 appearances since he moved to Munster from Connacht in 2011, although Munster have yet to officially confirm Keatley's move.

Kick-off in Friday night's Champion's Cup clash is at 7.45pm at the Kingsholm Stadium.

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