Knee injury hits Van den Heever

Date published: December 18 2014

Munster have suffered an injury blow with the news that wing Gerhard van den Heever has sustained cruciate ligament damage to his right knee.

The South African is set for a length spell out, as is Johnny Holland, while prop Dave Kilcoyne has been ruled out for a number of weeks.

Van den Heever suffered the injury their Round 3 Champions Cup game against Clermont, and will undergo surgery at the end of the month.

“Prop Dave Kilcoyne will require a six to eight week rehab period for a knee injury he sustained during the same Thomond Park encounter,” read a Munster statement.

“While out-half Johnny Holland, who sustained a torn hamstring in Munster’s British and Irish Cup clash against Nottingham in Temple Hill, underwent surgery last week and will now face a six month recovery period.

“Mike Sherry, who has been rehabbing a shoulder injury, underwent a third shoulder operation last Monday in London. In August the hooker underwent a second shoulder stabilisation and despite an intensive four month period of rehabilitation he experienced persistent symptoms that prevented him from progressing through the relevant phases of his return to play protocol.

“This week James Cronin (shoulder) and Cathal Sheridan (forearm) continue to be reviewed by the medical staff while Paddy Butler (hip) makes a return to full training.”