Murray likely to miss Champions Cup semi-final 

Murray likely to miss Champions Cup semi-final 
Conor Murray might miss the rest of the season for Munster. Picture: INPHO/Donall Farmer

Seán McCarthy

Rugby

THERE was mixed news for Munster on the injury front ahead of their European Champions Cup semi-final against Saracens on Saturday, 3.15pm.

There was good news that Rory Scannell’s injury isn’t as bad as first feared and should be fit for the crunch clash at the Aviva.

Director of rugby Rassie Erasmus wasn’t so hopeful though on Conor Murray who injured his shoulder against Wales over a month ago.

“Rory must still pass tomorrow (today) but he didn't even go for a scan, that's how good he feels, so today wasn't a massive session because we played on Saturday but I'm really hopeful and I think there's a good chance of him being available.

“Overall, on the injury front, Darren Sweetman will follow the return-to play protocols, I think Rory is pretty good, I think CJ is pretty good too. 

"Jaco Taute should be ready this week. Conor, I think he's pretty doubtful just because of the speed of his recovery, it's six weeks now, and it's really taking much longer than we thought. Obviously, we'll give him a chance but I think he's a pretty big doubt.” 

Erasmus though thinks Murray’s injury isn’t serious enough to warrant him missing the remainder of the season.

“He's improving, he's just slowly improving. I guess with the bigger picture, the Lions series and stuff coming up this season and at his age, he has actually a long future ahead of him We're just being really careful with the guy. It's such important games we're playing now. I don't think it will be a long-term, surgery, injury. 

"When a nerve gets a good bang it takes time to heal. I think he will be good to go for the Lions series and hopefully sooner for ourselves.

"He is frustrated. He would play for his local club if he can. He would train every day if he can so not being able to play in a quarter-final or semi-final for us is hugely frustrating. 

"He's also got a level head on his shoulders and knows that next year he might be smiling and saying 'it was a wise decision, look at me, I'm all good. I can play and nothing is wrong' whereas to maybe push him now to play would be stupid. He's frustrated but his head all good.”

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