Joey Carbery set to be out for ‘indefinite period’

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By Kenneth Fox

Munster rugby have confirmed today that Joey Carbery will not be available for an indefinite period of time.

Following a meeting with a specialist, the 24-year-old playmaker has been advised to take further steps in rehabilitating his ankle, and to delay his return to rugby.

Speaking about today’s announcement, Head Coach Johann van Graan said:

“As disappointing as the latest news is, we have Joey at the centre of it all, going through this, and doing everything right in making sure that when he returns to the pitch he stays on the pitch.

“That’s what we all want at the end of this, and undoubtedly it has been a tough blow for him, but he has shown great resilience already and will do everything that’s asked of him for this next phase also.

There are obviously implications for his international career and van Graan said both David Nucifora and Irish head coach Andy Farrell said they want what is best for him.

Van Graan added “There is a lot of rugby to be played in the coming season and we look forward to welcoming Joey back when he is fully recovered.”

Pain free

Speaking about the injury himself, Joey Carbey said it is an incredibly frustrating time for him at the moment, but he is making good progress over the last few weeks.

He added “Even though the ankle is not where it needs to be just yet, I’ve full confidence it will heal and be pain free soon, and I will be back better than ever. I just need time right now.

“I’d like to say thank you to the IRFU and Munster for their continued support and for having my back throughout it all.

“Lastly, to the fans, I’m so excited to get back out in front of you guys. It’s going to be such an exciting season ahead and I cannot wait to see where we can go as a squad. Hopefully, we will all be back in Thomond Park soon together.”

Munster also announced today that Tadhg Beirne has resumed team training this week following a low-grade leg injury.

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