Munster lock RG Snyman looks unlikely to play this season after it was announced that he is to undergo further surgery on his knee this week.
However, a statement from Thomond Park revealed that it is a ‘minor procedure’ for an ‘unrelated injury’ to his knee, something which is sure to come as a huge relief to Munster fans everywhere.
A World Cup winner with South Africa in 2019, Snyman suffered an ACL injury just minutes into his Munster debut in last season's PRO14 semi-final clash against Leinster.
He underwent surgery and an extensive rehab programme which eventually saw him return to training in early April after eight months on the sidelines.
It was hoped that the 26-year-old might feature at some stage in the Rainbow Cup, but this now looks extremely unlikely as he is not expected to return to training for a number of weeks.
“He was training and rehabilitating, he has done a couple of things with me defensively and then also some agility stuff," said Munster defence coach JP Ferreira.
"He was literally just running and he felt something in the knee that wasn’t right and then stopped.
“The doctors assessed him and took him to the specialist. He’s got his operation in the week and then the medics will obviously assess him and we will take it from there.
“It’s not great news, but he has got a strong will and a strong mind, so it’s just something that has come along in his path. Hopefully he can get rid of it as soon as possible.
“It is tough on him and he knows it is tough on him as well. I have spoken to him, he is hanging in there to the best that he can.
“But look, he has got to go through it, he has to hang in there, (we) rather do it this way than getting out on the pitch and playing another seven or nine minutes and getting injured again.
“He just has to hang in there, we are all behind him.”
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