Ahead of next weekend’s rescheduled Champions Cup game against Racing 92, Munster have confirmed that Darren Sweetnam will be sidelined for six weeks.
Sweetnam sustained a knee injury in an off-the-ball tackle just before half-time in Munster’s Pro12 win over Leinster on St Stephen’s Day.
After seeing a specialist, the Corkman has been told that it may be mid-February before he can return to action.
In other injury news for the province, Tommy O’Donnell will undergo further tests on an ankle injury he sustained late on in their Pro12 win over Connacht on New Year’s Eve.
Alex Wootton (shoulder), Sean McCarthy (knee), Mark Chisholm (concussion), Duncan Casey (knee), Mike Sherry (back) and Cathal Sheridan (ankle) are all available for selection.
Munster have also confirmed that Angus Lloyd and Jaco Taute will remain with the province until June 2017.
Scrumhalf Lloyd, who joined the club on a short-term loan in November from Ulster, has extended his stay until the summer.
Springbok Taute, who plays centre/fullback has made 11 appearances for Munster so far, scoring an impressive five tries.