Murray to remain absent from Munster

The wait will continue for Conor Murray’s return as the province confirmed on Monday that he will not be ready for this weekend. Munster will face Gloucester at Thomond Park but Murray has been rule d out due to a recurring neck injury.

The province also confirmed on Monday that Keith Earls is a doubt also he had a scan on his hamstring on Monday morning. Earls pulled the muscle just a couple of minutes before  the game was due to kick off with Exeter on Saturday evening. However, it’s not all bad news for Munster as Alby Matthewson will make a return to training on Tuesday in what will be a welcome boost to Johann Van Graans already depleted looking scrum half options. The New Zealander was signed on a short term contract by Munster to provide cover for Murray but he injured his leg against Leinster in the Pro 14 game between the sides.

Duncan Williams who would be the third choice scrum half was given his chance to step up to the plate and he did in that 10-10 draw with Exeter at Sandy Park. However, Van Graan will be happy to see Matthewson come back in to bolster his options a bit more. According to RTE Sport Matthewson’s chances of starting the game with Gloucester at Thomond Park are 50-50.

Sammy Arnold who was taken to hospital after suffering a boot to the throat and came off after just 8 minutes will be monitored over the coming days and should probably get into the squad for the game at least.

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