The Latest On Munster’s Scrumhalf Situation For Their Trip To Exeter

Every chance.

Munster head coach Johann van Graan says he will give scrumhalf Alby Mathewson every chance to be fit for this weekend’s Champions Cup opener with Exeter Chiefs at Sandy Park.

The former All Black damaged his knee in the loss to Leinster on Saturday and was due to undergo a scan yesterday evening. With Conor Murray, Neil Cronin and James Hart all out – Munster may have to look to their academy for the trip to Exeter.

But van Graan is prepared to leave things until the last minute.

“Alby’s going for a scan a bit later and we’ll wait and see what’s going to happen there.” the South African said.

“In a perfect would you would want a guy to train on a Tuesday, not only on a Thursday, but at certain stages when you see what you have available as a coach there is no hard and fast rules with these things.

“Let’s see what the scan says first, if he is out then obviously he is out, if it is 50-50 I am going to give him as long as I can to recover and then take it from there,”

Should the Kiwi fail to recover in time this weekend Duncan Williams will likely start the game with academy star Jack Stafford primed for a call-up to the senior squad.