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'It's not nice to finish with 14 men': Munster face anxious wait as hooker injuries assessed

Both Mike Sherry and Duncan Casey were forced off injured in Munster’s win over Treviso.

MUNSTER MAY HAVE to look to inexperienced front rowers when they meet Stade Francais in Paris next weekend after both hookers departed the bonus point win over Treviso tonight.

Starting hooker Mike Sherry was forced to leave the field after 28 minutes and was seen icing his right knee with crutches nearby for support on the sideline.

Mike Sherry sustains an injury Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

His replacement Duncan Casey scored a crucial third try for Munster, but he too was unable to see out the match, heading for the touchline with a pectoral injury shortly after Simon Zebo’s bonus-point try to leave the game with 14-a-side and uncontested scrums to finish.

“He just caught Frankie (Saili)’s leg and jarred his knee a bit,” head coach Anthony Foley said of Sherry.

“He’s being assessed inside, but it will be 48 hours before we know anything.

“Duncan Casey damaged a pec, so we’ll see what state that’s in. We’re not going to know this evening, but it’s not nice to have to finish the game with 14 men and no hooker.”

If either senior hooker are unable to make it to Paris next weekend, Foley will look to 23-year-old Niall Scannell (one start in 10 Pro12 appearances) or 24-year-old Kevin O’Byrne (six starts in 11 Pro12 appearances) to play a role in a crunch Champions Cup tie.

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