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Concern for Munster's young centre Goggin after serious knee injury in Treviso win

The southern province played the final few minutes with 14 men after Goggin was stretchered off.

Goggin received treatment on the pitch before being carted off.
Goggin received treatment on the pitch before being carted off.
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MUNSTER CENTRE DAN Goggin could face a lengthy spell on the sidelines after sustaining a serious knee injury during the province’s victory over Treviso last night.

Goggin came on as a late replacement for Chris Farrell during the 34-3 win over the Italian side at Musgrave Park, but was stretchered off six minutes later to overshadow any opening night celebrations.

The hosts played the final few minutes with 14 players after Rassie Erasmus had used all his replacements, and the Munster director of rugby described the injury as ‘nasty.’

Munster and Goggin — who was making his 15th appearance for the province — will face an anxious wait before hearing of the extent of the damage early next week.

Otherwise, it was a positive start for Munster to the new Guinness Pro14 campaign as they strolled past the challenge of Treviso thanks to tries from Jean Kleyn, Tyler Bleyendaal, Darren Sweetnam, Alex Wotton and Andrew Conway.

“It wasn’t a perfect game but we got out of the game what we wanted, which was five points and some proper game time for some youngsters,” Erasmus said afterwards.

“Questions were answered that we weren’t sure about before, so in that regard it was a good game.”

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