Munster lock RG Snyman has stepped up his recovery from the ACL injury he suffered just minutes into his debut last August, but it is uncertain whether he will be ready to return to action before the end of the season.
The 2019 World Cup winner has been out of action since landing awkwardly following a line-out in the opening minutes of his Munster debut against Leinster.
He suffered a serious ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) injury which required surgery and has been in recovery since.
The latest bulletin on his progress revealed that he is back running for the first time which marks a major step forward in his rehabilitation.
“Yesterday was the first time that he ran,” Munster head coach Johann van Graan revealed during his midweek injury update press conference ahead of Friday's crucial PRO14 encounter with Connacht at Thomond Park (LIVE on eir sport 1 from 7pm).
“We’re very excited for him, he was very excited about it. I want to make it very clear that it was only straight-line running, it was the first time that he ran since his injury, so a long way to go for him but a significant milestone in his rehabbing process the fact that he actually ran.
“So that’s good news from our side, it means from a medical perspective, we can take the next step in his journey.
“It will still be an unspecified time. I said previously that it would be somewhere between March and June that he will be back. With ACLs, some go quicker than others, and we will just make sure that we have his best interests at heart.
“Once he’s ready, we’ll return him to the pitch.”
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