Triple injury blow tempers Munster celebrations

December 5, 2022 0 By JohnValbyNation

Sean Farrell reports from Thomond Park

MUNSTER OPENSIDE TOMMY O’Donnell’s horrible run of luck with injury continued today as the flanker suffered a suspected broken leg.

The Tipperary man’s agony was clear before he was stretchered off during Munster’s Heineken Champions Cup win over Gloucester and the 31-year-old was immediately taken to hospital.

The back row is one of three serious injury concerns for head coach Johann van Graan. Hooker Rhys Marshall was removed at half-time with what the head coach referred to as an upper leg issue and a knee injury brought an early end to the game for centre Dan Goggin.

“Big loss,” Van Graan said of the injured trio,  “only eight weeks into the season and three starters that go down like this (and) with all the injuries that we have currently that are not in the squad. Long season ahead but it’s weighing on our side and it just shows the game at this stage. We talk about player welfare, but the game is becoming more and more physical, guys are getting shots.”

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