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Munster ace Joey Carbery ruled out of Six Nations with wrist injury

Horrible luck: Joey Carbery has suffered a wrist injury
Horrible luck: Joey Carbery has suffered a wrist injury

By Ruaidhri O'Connor

Munster coach Johann van Graan has ruled Joey Carbery out for between two and four months, meaning he will miss the Six Nations due to the wrist injury he picked up against Ulster on Friday night.

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The South African is dealing with an out-half injury crisis as he sweats on the fitness of JJ Hanrahan, who trained away from the squad today as they prepare for Sunday's crunch Champions Cup clash against Racing 92.

With Tyler Bleyendaal sidelined, Munster will make a call on the Kerryman on Friday, with academy out-half Ben Healy and centre Rory Scannell on stand-by to start if he can't recover 100% from his hamstring injury.

Having just got Carbery back from the ankle injury he carried to the World Cup, van Graan said the 24-year-old would be out for a "considerable" amount of time, later clarifying that his recovery from surgery could keep him out until April at least.

"That's rugby, I'm gutted for Joey as an individual," he said.

"I care about the players and speaking to him on Monday afternoon when we got the news, obviously it's not nice news for him. He worked hard to get back into the position, he played the full 80 for the first time for quite a while and now he is out for a considerable amount of time.

"That's rugby, that's life. He'll be back, he's a class man and a brilliant rugby player.

"He'll come back stronger, take his time and I can't wait to have him back in the future."

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