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Joey Carbery "Highly Unlikely" To Feature In Champions Cup Semi

Joey Carbery "Highly Unlikely" To Feature In Champions Cup Semi

Whilst Johann van Graan may have worn a smile when committing himself to Munster for a further two years, at least one headache looms on the more immediate horizon.

Keith Earls two tries propelled the province to yet another European semi-final last weekend, after overcoming Edinburgh at Murrayfield, but with a Joey Carbery sized cost attached.

The fly-half limped out of the quarter-final clash shortly before half-time after retweaking a dodgy hamstring that has kept him out for seven weeks previous.  His South African coach has admitted that the chances of the Irish international being fit enough to face Saracens in a little under a fortnight's time rate "highly unlikely".

Joey at this stage is highly unlikely for the semi-final.

There's still a possibility but no, like we said last week we'll just take it day by day. But at this stage we'll see how he is next week.

Carbery was replaced by New Zealander Tyler Bleyendaal who kicked a second-half penalty as well as converting Earls' match-winning 71st minute try, handing the Munster men a 17-13 victory at the home of Scottish rugby.

Earls himself missed the weekend victory over Cardiff Blues, but van Graan was quick to allay any fears as to the experienced winger's availability to tog out at the Ricoh Arena in twelve days time.

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"Keith's [omission] was more precautionary" said the former Springboks forward coach, who admitted the Moyross man was still feeling the effects from the previous bruising encounter.

"He's such an important player and he was really stiff in the warm-up so we decided to pull him out."

It's the fourteenth time Munster have reached the Champions Cup semi-final stage, but have yet only been crowned champions on two occasions.

Two years ago, their upcoming opponents eliminated them at the stage thanks to tries from Mako Vunipola and Chris Wyles.

SEE ALSO: Munster Rugby Nail Down Van Graan With Contract Extension

Aaron Strain

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