Munster Issue Update On Chris Farrell’s Knee Injury

Long way off.

Munster and Ireland centre Chris Farrell isn’t expected back anytime soon as he continues to recover from a serious knee injury picked up while on Six Nations duty earlier this year.

Farrell picked up a nasty ACL injury while taking part in an Ireland training session back in February – just days after starring against Wales in a man-of-the-match performance.

Speaking at yesterday’s Champions Cup launch in Dublin, Munster head coach Johann van Graan is hopeful the southern province will have him back in time for Christmas.

“He’s still a long way off, he won’t be back anytime soon,” van Graan said.

“He’s mentally very well, he’s working very hard off the field but in terms of a return to train with the team, he’s still a long way off.”

“We won’t see him before the Champions Cup starts but hopefully before Christmas. I don’t have the exact timings, those injuries are difficult to judge.”

Van Grann added that thee rehabilitation process when recovering from such a sever injury is very slow. He says the Munster medical team are carefully managing Farrell’s return to full training.

“All the clever guys, medical guys that do these things have got certain points of return and certain stages, certain players are better than others you know?” van Graan added.

“You’ve got to slow down the rehab so he had a stage where he went really well and they have just had to slow down the rehab a bit. He’s still within the timeframe of a standardised injury but we are just taking it day by day with him. 

“It’s such a big injury, you don’t want to put him in there too early. You can’t guarantee that it won’t happen again but you certainly don’t want to push such a big injury.  

“I’m trusting my medical staff to make those calls so whatever calls they give me, I just go on that. Like I said, it’s a such a long injury, a nine-month period, so many things can happen so I just take the info that I can get.”