Injury blows for Munster

Jean Kleyn of Munster during the United Rugby Championship match between Leinster and Munster at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo: David Fitzgerald.

MUNSTER will be without the services of several key figures, most notably Jean Kleyn and Peter O’Mahony, for Saturday’s Investec Champions Cup opener with Bayonne (France) at Thomond Park, 5.30pm.

In a squad update, it was revealed Kleyn will be unavailable until the New Year due to an eye injury suffered in the Leinster fixture. He attended for a specialist review last Tuesday and Wednesday and will have further follow-up before Christmas.

Peter O’Mahony (shoulder) is improving but will remain unavailable for the upcoming tie.

Jack Daly (ankle) and Liam Coombes (shoulder), meanwhile, both underwent surgery last week and will begin rehabilitation under the medical department.

There is good news for Patrick Campbell (ankle) as he has returned to team training, and it’s a similar case with Jack O’Donohue (ankle) and Simon Zebo (knee).

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The availability of Campbell, O’Donoghue and Zebo will be determined closer to the weekend.

Continuing to rehab: Jack Daly (ankle), Peter O’Mahony (shoulder), Liam Coombes (shoulder), RG Snyman (chest/shoulder), Joey Carbery (wrist), Roman Salanoa (knee), Mike Haley (hip), Cian Hurley (ankle/achilles), Niall Scannell (groin).