After meeting with the specialist yesterday, it was confirmed that Munster and Ireland Wolfhounds back rower Robin Copeland requires a shoulder stabilisation procedure, ruling him out for the remainder of the season.
Robin Copeland sustained the injury in Munster’s GUINNESS PRO12 encounter against Leinster on St. Stephen’s Day and since then has been unable to line out for the province.
There was better news today for Andrew Smith (knee) and CJ Stander (ankle). Both players will make a return to full training at different stages this week and will continue to have their progress reviewed.
Johne Murphy (hand) resumes contact training this week, with Cian Bohane, who is working his way back from a long-term knee injury, advancing to on-pitch running.
Donnacha Ryan is another who continues to progress having made a return to modified scrummaging (three-man scrums). His development will be monitored at this level before advancing to the next stage.
Meanwhile, Dave Kilcoyne (knee) and Luke O’Dea (hand) reported no ill-effects following their return to action against Cardiff Blues at Irish Independent Park last Saturday.
O’Dea’s start on the right wing marked his first senior appearance of the season. He had a 66-minute run-out, while Ireland prop Kilcoyne saw 31 minutes from the bench.