Triple Injury Blow For Munster Ahead Of European Opener Against Ospreys

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Munster will be without the services of South African flanker Chris Cloete and Ireland international Dave Kilcoyne for their Champions Cup opener away to Ospreys this weekend.

The southern province have been drawn in a pool alongside Ospreys, Saracens and Racing 92 this year and will no doubt be targeting this weekend’s game as the potential all-important away win that every team must secure to ensure a quarter-final spot. Especially given Ospreys’ poor start to the PRO14 season.

Cloete was forced off against Ulster on Saturday evening with an HIA and is still showing some symptoms. The openside will not be considered for the crucial game in Wales as Munster continue to assess him.

“Chris [Cloete] won’t be available for this week. He still had some symptoms on Monday,” Munster head coach Johann van Graan said at the HPC today.

“Like with any HIA, it’s very important that we look after him. We’ll just keep assessing him until he becomes available again.”

Loosehead prop Dave Kilcoyne, who represented Ireland at the World Cup in Japan, injured his calf in training with Munster and looks set to be out for a number of weeks.

“Dave Kilcoyne will be out for a few weeks. He picked up an injury in the scrum.” van Graan said.

“Hopefully it’s not long-term but definitely not available for selection this week.

And in a third blow, it’s highly unlikely that JJ Hanrahan will be available for selection after he injured his hamstring in the win over Ulster.

“He got a scan. He’s a slight possibility for the weekend,” van Graan said.

“We’ll make a final call later in the week. Otherwise hopefully next weekend.

“It’s not serious, that’s great news. It’s not going to be long-term. We’ll give him every chance possible for this weekend, otherwise the next, we’ll reassess as we go – but nothing too serious.”