Munster lose Jean Kleyn and Dave Foley for rest of the season
By Michael Cantillon
Last Updated: 20/03/17 4:54pm
Munster have confirmed that second-rows Jean Kleyn and Dave Foley will miss the remainder of the campaign with neck and wrist injuries respectively.
The South African lock injured his neck in February's 45-17 victory over Newport Gwent Dragons, with Munster initially stating that Kleyn was expected to miss "approximately eight to 10 weeks" of action.
However, Munster have now confirmed that following rehabilitation Kleyn will now undergo surgery, ruling him out for the rest of the season.
Fellow second row Foley has also been ruled out for the rest of the campaign with his injury and will have surgery on Wednesday.
The 28-year-old academy product has two caps for Ireland but has had a campaign blighted by injuries, starting just seven times for Munster so far this season.
Foley has made 84 appearances for Munster since 2010, but is out of contract this summer and has yet to sign fresh terms.
As a result of the two injuries Munster have been allowed to sign Springbok forward Jean Deysel on a short-term contract to cover their second row.
"Jean Kleyn's rehabilitation for a neck injury saw the South African lock undergo surgery in Dublin last week, while Dave Foley will undergo surgery on his wrist this Wednesday," a Munster statement read.
"With both players not available for the remainder of the season, latest short-term signing, lock Jean Deysel, is expected to arrive in Limerick this Wednesday.
"Simon Zebo, Donnacha Ryan, CJ Stander, Conor Murray and Keith Earls will all enjoy a down week of rest and recovery, with Murray and Earls looking to come back from respective shoulder and shin knocks.
"On a positive note James Cronin (finger) and Alex Wootton (shoulder) will take part in full training this week.
"Players not available - Jean Kleyn (neck), Dave Foley (wrist), Francis Saili (knee), Ian Keatley (knee), Te Aihe Toma (wrist), Sean McCarthy (knee), Mike Sherry (back)."
The Limerick-based province next play Zebre in the Pro12 on March 25, after which they face Toulouse at Thomond Park on April 1 in their Champions Cup quarter-final, live on Sky Sports 2HD.