Disaster for Munster as Peter O’Mahony ruled out for the remainder of the season
With a big end to the season ahead, this is the last thing that Munster Rugby fans wanted to hear.
The province confirmed that captain O’Mahony is to undergo reconstructive shoulder surgery this morning and will be ruled out for the remainder of the season, a particularly big blow as Rob Penney’s side are still very much in contention for RaboDirect Pro 12 and Heineken Cup honours.
O’Mahony, who had been a doubt going into the Heineken Cup quarter-final with Toulouse on Saturday, looked uncomfortable from an early stage at Thomond Park and was eventually withdrawn prior to half-time in what was an impressive victory, with CJ Stander going on in his place.
Having visited a specialist in Dublin yesterday evening, O’Mahony was told that he would require surgery on his left shoulder, which has put an end to this season and will likely result in him missing Ireland’s tour to Argentina in the summer.
Inspirational for province and country this season, O’Mahony’s loss will be a huge one as Munster go in search of a third Heineken Cup title, but if his teammates were in need of any extra motivation, then the prospect of winning silverware for their captain will certainly have them fired up between now and the season’s end.
We wish Peter all the best in his recovery.