Sale Sharks skipper and England flanker Tom Curry went off in the second half as the Premiership side overcame a second-half Ospreys fightback to claim victory in the Heineken Champions Cup opening round.
Tries from Rohan Janse van Rensburg, Ewan Ashman and Jean-Luc du Preez gave Sale a 21-3 half-time lead.
Ospreys responded with a Luke Morgan try as Lood de Jager and Ben Curry were shown yellow cards.
Director of Rugby Alex Sanderson said: “He is just carrying a bit of an old man’s back!
“We’ve managed him these last couple of weeks, and he was really fresh and sharp this week, so I am sure it is just a case of managing it through the week.
“If he needs a bit of time off, we’ll give him a bit of time off ahead of the Six Nations.”
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Sunday’s transfer round-up.
STAYING: Gloucester have announced that England international Mark Atkinson has penned a multi-year deal to stay with the Cherry and Whites. FULL STORY
RUMOUR: Sources suggest Chris Boyd has told Northampton club officials to go after Racing 92 playmaker Finn Russell should Dan Biggar choose to move on at the end of his current deal. FULL STORY
GONE: Saracens have confirmed that Vincent Koch will be leaving the club at the end of the season to join Premiership rivals Wasps. FULL STORY