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Coughlan and Earls injury woe for Munster

The back row is out for six to eight weeks while the winger faces further scans today.

Munster's James Coughlan goes over to score earlier this season.
Munster's James Coughlan goes over to score earlier this season.
Image: Julien Behal/PA Wire/Press Association Images

MUNSTER TODAY CONFIRMED that back row James Coughlan will undergo surgery on Friday after fracturing a bone in his left hand in last weekend’s Heineken Cup defeat to Ulster.

The 31-year-old, who was named Munster Rugby Player of the Year last season, will miss six to eight weeks after visiting a specialist to assess the full extent to the damage.

It’s a devastating blow for Munster as Coughlan looks set to miss the remainder of the RaboDirect PRO12 campaign and could be compounded later today when Keith Earls has a scan to determine the full extent of the injury he picked up last Sunday.

Despite finishing the game, reports emerged that Earls was in significant discomfort afterwards.

Meanwhile, Munster trained this morning in Cork Institute of Technology and expect to name their squad for this weekend’s crucial clash with Glasgow Warriors tomorrow.

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