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Munster confirm that Chris Farrell's season is over after ACL injury

The 24-year-old was man of the match for Ireland last weekend against Wales.

Updated 6.20pm

MUNSTER HAVE CONFIRMED that Chris Farrell will miss the rest of the season due to an ACL injury.

The 24-year-old was man of the match in his Six Nations debut for Ireland against Wales last weekend but suffered the knee injury during an open training session at the Aviva Stadium yesterday.

Chris Farrell Farrell has been in fine form. Gary Carr / INPHO Gary Carr / INPHO / INPHO

After The42 reported earlier today that Farrell’s season could be over after he suffered an ACL injury, Munster confirmed the story this evening.

“Following further consultation with the specialist, it has been confirmed that centre Chris Farrell will take no further part in this season’s campaign after sustaining an ACL injury while training with Ireland at the Aviva Stadium yesterday,” reads Munster’s statement.

“The Irish international, who was named man of the match on his 6 Nations debut against Wales, will undergo surgery before commencing his rehabilitation.”

It’s a hammer blow for the Fivemiletown man, who is in his first season with Munster after returning to Ireland from French outfit Grenoble.

The loss of Farrell damages Munster’s Champions Cup and Guinness Pro14 hopes, particularly with Farrell having proven himself to be an international-class centre and with the province already missing South African midfielder Jaco Taute, also out with a knee injury.

21-year-old Sammy Arnold, who trained with Ireland again this week, is among those who will hope to step up for Munster in Farrell’s absence.

Farrell started four of Munster’s six Champions Cup pool games, although he missed the back-t0-back clashes with Leicester Tigers in December after picking up an injury while playing for Ireland against Argentina in the November Tests.

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