Sherry (25) is expected to be out for the next six months and will undergo surgery once the swelling goes down on the injury sustained against Newport Gwent Dragons last weekend.

Sherry had enjoyed a productive start to the season, having featured in 10 games for Munster, and the Irish international will be hoping for a speedy recovery.

It’s better news for Gerhard van den Heever as the hand injury he picked up in the same game is not as bad as first feared.

The South African is expected to make a return to training over the Christmas period.