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Young Munster and Connacht centres facing lengthy period on the sideline

Dan Goggin and Peter Robb have both been ruled out for the first half of the season.

MUNSTER’S DAN GOGGIN doesn’t require surgery on the knee he injured in last week’s win over Treviso, but the young centre is expected to be sidelined for four-five months.

Dan Goggin is stretched off the field Goggin receiving treatment at Musgrave Park last week. Source: Bryan Keane/INPHO

The Limerick native was only on the field a matter of minutes before he was stretchered off after tearing his posterior cruciate ligament and spraining his medial collateral ligament.

Rassie Erasmus was reluctant to speculate on the severity of the damage post-match, but the southern province have confirmed Goggin will be treated with a knee brace as he begins a lengthy rehabilitation process.

Munster will also be without lock Gerbrandt Grobler for the early stages of the season, if not longer, after he underwent surgery for the ankle injury he suffered in the pre-season friendly against Worcester two weeks ago.

Meanwhile, Connacht head coach Kieran Keane has had his midfield options reduced with the news Peter Robb has been ruled out of action until December.

The 23-year-old centre went under the knife to rectify a hip issue and faces into a prolonged period on the sidelines.

“Peter was struggling a little bit and we could have managed it but he came to me to let me know he was keen to get things cleaned up and we had a good conversation around that and we agreed,” Keane said.

“It was probably impacting on his mentality that he was carrying that niggle so we agreed to go and get it done. So he has had it done and it remains to be seen how it will manifest itself because when you go under the knife there are no guarantees, are there? We just hope for the best for Peter.”

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