RORY SCANNELL looks likely to fill a huge void in next Sunday’s Heineken Champions Cup game against Racing 92 after Munster announced that Joey Carbery needs surgery on a wrist injury.
Munster’s task of trying to make the knock-out stages suffered a huge blow with the news that Carbery will be out of the game ‘for the immediate future’ according to a statement issued by the club.
The out-half, who played his first full 80 minutes in almost six months last Friday against Ulster, suffered wrist ligament damage late in the game and will miss out on Sunday’s crunch tie in Paris.
The Reds, who are already were under pressure with their out-half options, will be keeping their fingers crossed that JJ Hanrahan makes it through training tomorrow and does not re-aggravate his hamstring injury which kept him out of the side last weekend. The province say he is 'rehabbing well' but it may be a huge gamble to start him against Racing.
The Kerryman has had a niggling hamstring issue going back to early November and had to leave the Leinster game last Saturday week after straining hamstring in that game.
Head coach Johann van Graan may therefore opt to play Rory Scannell at 10 should Hanrahan be considered too big a risk with Dan Goggin likely to form a midfield pairing with Chris Farrell should Scannell be moved.
With Tyler Bleyendaal out also for the foreseeable future the only other registered out half is Ben Healy, who only made his senior debut in a league loss to Edinburgh in Musgrave Park back in November.
Munster also have the option of going for a ‘medical joker’ for the out-half position but trying to get a decent number 10 at such short notice may not be practical at this stage for the Reds.