Peter O'Mahony aiming Munster return ahead of Champions Cup game against Exeter

Peter O'Mahony is recovering from a shoulder injury
Peter O'Mahony is recovering from a shoulder injury

Munster have stated that Ireland international Peter O'Mahony is aiming to make a comeback in the second round of the Champions Cup clash against Exeter Chiefs to be played at Sandy Park on 17th December.

O'Mahony, who recently stepped down from Munster's captaincy role is currently recovering from a shoulder injury that he sustained during the United Rugby Championship game against Stormers in November.

He has already missed the league fixtures against Leinster and Glasgow and will not be available for their Champions Cup game against Bayonne on 9th December at Thomond Park.

Munster attack coach Mike Prendergast provided an update on O'Mahony's availability.

"He has turned a corner, a good corner thankfully over the last week or two and all going well he will be available for us for next week," said Prendergast.

Lock Jean Kleyn, who was part of South Africa's Rugby World Cup winning campaign is also unavailable due to injury along with RG Snyman, who picked an eye injury.

"That’s the thing, he has been so durable but unfortunately injuries happen," said Prendergast.

"And it has happened to Jean, along with RG, two World Cup-winning second rows, it goes without saying for any team to lose them is a big loss.

"On the other hand it has opened the door and created opportunities for the likes of Edwin [Edogbo] in the second row and even Tom Ahern, who we pushed into the back row.

"I suppose if you look at the last two games and you speak about performances, they are two players who you talk about and mention.

"Those two lads have taken their opportunities thankfully, which has softened the blow a small bit but when you lose players of the calibre and experience of the boys, it is a lot."