Conor Murray has been forced to see a specialist over shoulder problem
Scrum-half’s injury represents blow to his side’s hopes of European glory
Conor Murray has been ruled out of Munster’s Champions Cup semi-final against Saracens in what comes as a major blow to his side’s hopes of European glory.
The issue also represents a disruption to Warren Gatland’s plans for the British & Irish Lions tour of New Zealand.
And the head coach revealed on Wednesday that Murray would be left at home if he does not return to action before the touring party departs on 29 May.
And former Ireland coach Eddie O’Sullivan believes it could be very serious indeed.
“All the news coming out of Munster is that not alone is he a worry for the remainder of the season, but he’s a worry for the Lions,” O’Sullivan told Irish station RTE Radio.
“It’s a nerve issue, which can be very temperamental in terms of healing.”
Meanwhile, there is better news for Munster with the return of CJ Stander from an ankle injury.
However, Murray is widely considered to be Gatland’s first choice scrum-half but has not played since Ireland’s Six Nations defeat by Wales on 10 March.
And Gatland has already warned that Murray, who has been to see a neurologist about the persistent nerve pain, is a worry.