Munster have been dealt a heavy blow with the news that Ireland international lock Donnacha Ryan requires surgery on a troublesome toe injury.
The 28-Test cap second row injured his right foot in the PRO12 game against Treviso in March and has been sidelined ever since despite extensive, conservative rehabilitation.
Now, following a consultation with the specialist in London it has been confirmed that Ryan will undergo surgery next week and is expected to be ruled out for the next four to six months.
“Donnacha has done everything that has been asked of him and we know it has been a tough time for him with the option of surgery available as a last resort,” said Munster Head Coach Anthony Foley.
“We are now at that point and we just want him to get through the next stage and back to full fitness.”
In other news, Keith Earls who has been rehabbing a knee injury will meet with the consultant early next week in further assessing his prognosis while in New Zealand Tyler Bleyendaal underwent a successful operation on a disc lesion and is feeling comfortable.