Summer tour in doubt for Simon Zebo after keyhole surgery

Joe Schmidt’s two favoured fullbacks are nursing knocks at present.

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MUNSTER WING SIMON Zebo underwent keyhole surgery on his knee yesterday after picking up a fresh injury during Saturday’s Pro12 win over Scarlets.

The Corkman’s province say he must follow a rehabilitation programme for ‘a number of weeks’ with no definitive recovery timeline in place until the incisions made by the surgery have healed.

The surgery makes Zebo a major doubt for Ireland’s summer tour to South Africa next month. And the prospect of his absence may leave Joe Schmidt with thinning fullback options as Rob Kearney continues to struggle with an ankle injury.

Andrew Conway, who was called up to Schmidt’s squad for a portion of the Six Nations, is also being assessed by the southern province’s medical team after suffering a knee injury.

Tommy O’Donnell and Niall Scannell both sustained concussive blows against the Welsh region. With Munster’s season over, the pair will have no reason to rush through return to play protocols this week, but will be monitored by their medical team.

Centre Francis Saili also went under the knife today, undergoing a procedure on his shoulder which he will rehabilitate during the off-season.

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