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Knee injury rules Munster's young centre out for 'the foreseeable future'

Dan Goggin lasted just eight minutes after coming off the bench in Friday’s win against Benetton Treviso.

Dan Goggin Dan Goggin Source: James Crombie/INPHO

MUNSTER SAY CENTRE Dan Goggin is facing a long spell on the sidelines after picking up a knee injury in Friday night’s win against Benetton Treviso.

Goggin replaced Chris Farrell in the 66th minute of the 34-3 victory over the Italian side at Musgrave Park in the opening round of the new Guinness Pro14 season.

However, the 22-year-old was stretchered off eight minutes later, which meant that Munster finished the game with 14 players having already used their full complement of replacements.

While Goggin is due to undergo a scan today, Munster confirmed in this afternoon’s injury bulletin that the damage to the Limerick native’s knee means he’ll spend “the foreseeable future” on the sidelines.

It’s a massive setback for the promising centre, who showed glimpses of his significant potential in the 15 appearances he made for the province last season.

Meanwhile, a number of Irish internationals who featured in this summer’s wins over USA and Japan will come into contention for the visit of the Cheetahs to Thomond Park on Saturday night.

That means the likes of Niall Scannell, Dave Kilcoyne, John Ryan, Rory Scannell, Keith Earls and Simon Zebo could make their first appearances of the season.

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