Kilcoyne injury a huge blow to Munster

Dave Kilcoyne leaves the pitch with an injury during the United Rugby Championship match between Munster and Leinster at Thomond Park in Limerick. Photo: Brendan Moran.

INJURY-savaged Munster have been dealt a massive blow with confirmation that international Dave Kilcoyne has been ruled-out for the season.

The province confirmed that Kilcoyne, who turned 35 in December, has undergone shoulder surgery and will be out for at least six months. Since arriving on the scene back in 2011, he has lined-out in well over 200 matches with the club.

Meanwhile, Oli Jager is following the graduated return to play protocols after being removed against Connacht on New Year’s Day.

Jack O’Donoghue was also removed after sustaining a knee injury in the same fixture and awaits a scan and surgical opinion.

Eoghan Clarke was withdrawn from the squad for Connacht ahead of matchday and is following the graduated return to play protocols.

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Fineen Wycherley missed the Connacht game due to his shoulder injury but is in line for a return to training shortly.

Academy lock Edwin Edogbo will undergo surgery on his achilles tendon next week.

Diarmuid Barron (foot) is also due to undergo surgery next Monday. His return will be determined post surgery.

Alex Nankivell is rehabilitating his ankle injury and his availability will be determined next week.

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