Munster winger, Denis Hurley looks set to miss the majority of the current campaign through injury,although the province have not yet ruled him out of the entire season.
The player picked up a knee injury against Aironi in the Magners League last weekend and yesterday underwent scans to determine the extent of the problem. Sources expect the scans to reveal some medial ligament damage but Munster are hopeful he will make a full recovery.
Team manager Shaun Payne said yesterday: “Denis was unfortunately involved in an incident last Sunday when one of the other players fell across his leg and hurt his knee. It was relatively painful and he does seem to be in a bit of discomfort.
“It’s very unfair of me to speculate on what’s wrong with it, but it does seem to be a relatively serious injury which will keep him out for some time. But you never know with these things. It may not be half as bad as we think it is, and we may all be smiling after the scan.”
The winger will definitely miss Munsters upcoming games against Dragons and Cardiff later this month,while he must also be a major doubt for the home game against Leinster and away trip to Brive in April.
The good news for Payne and Munster is that Felix Jones is close to a comeback and may make his return as soon as mid March:
“It’s obviously very exciting for us,” said Payne. “He’s someone that we would have high expectations for. We see what he is capable of in training, but unfortunately through the neck injury he had the season before and the knee injury this season, he hasn’t been exposed as much as we would have liked.