Massive Blow For Munster As Star Performer Set To See Neck Specialist

The second-row curse continues.

When Paul O’Connell finally hung up his boots after many years of service with Munster, they knew it was always going to be difficult to replace him.

Initially he was set to head off to France and finish his career, but injury prevented that and he fittingly remained a one-club player. One man however, who has made the move to France is Donnacha Ryan, the man who stepped up to the plate when he left.

Luckily for Munster, in came Jean Kleyn who has started the season in incredible form after missing a huge portion of his debut campaign with a neck injury. That neck injury however, looks like it may have returned at the worst possible time.

Kleyn is set to see a specialist after picking up a neck injury in the loss to Glasgow, with fears mounting that he has re-aggravated the problem from last season. Having also lost Dave Foley during the summer and with Darren O’Shea, Gerbrant Groebler and Dave O’Callaghan all on the long-term injury list, Munster could be in real trouble.

With some big fixtures coming up as the season begins to take off, Erasmus may only have one senior lock to call in this weekend against Cardiff in Billy Holland. Erasmus does have Fineen Wycherly and Mark Flanagan, who recently joined on loan from Saracens, but will they be enough?

Robin Copeland can also play in the second-row, but it’s his secondary position. Academy lock Sean O’Connor also injured his neck on Friday night, leaving him a doubt for this weekend.

Say a prayer lads. Munster cannot afford to lose Kleyn.

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Jason Hennessy

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