Munster head coach Johann Van Grann also insisted that Joey Carbery is remaining positive following news that the out-half will remain out of action for "an indefinite period."

Carbery underwent surgery on an injured ankle in February and it was disclosed this morning that his return would be delayed further following a meeting with a specialist. 

The 24-year old had earlier missed the Six Nations with a wrist injury. He has not played for Munster since the 38-17 loss to Ulster in Kingspan Stadium on 3 January. 

"The most important thing at play is Joey. He's been working hard on his rehab. He did everything the medical team asked him to do," Van Graan told reporters at this afternoon's press conference. 

"Unfortunately, in the next step of his rehabilitation, he went to see the specialist and it wasn't great news. 

"We met him last week and reassured him that we've got his back. Munster and the IRFU are with him on his journey to a recovery.

"He's out for an indefinite time and we'll take it day by day until he returns. 

"Joey's a quality man and he's a really positive outlook in life. This will take time but he's got a lot of good support." 

"I'm not a medical person. In conjunction with Munster, the IRFU and the specialists we will look after him every step of the way. I wouldn't want to speculate any further on the matter.

"Joey is very important, not only to Munster rugby but to Irish rugby so it's important that we look after him in the coming long months ahead."

Munster captain Peter O'Mahony acknowledged it was very disappointing news for both Carbery and his teammates but echoed his coach's words of praise for the out-half's resilience. 

"He's a resilient young fella. He's more than capable of getting through his rehab. It's just going to be a bit longer than he thought," said O'Mahony.

"He's prepared to do what it takes to get himself back fit and we're all there to give him a hand whenever he needs it and to back him up and he'll get there but it's disappointing not to have him involved."