Munster have confirmed will be out for “the short-term period” and have moved to sign New Zealand scrum-half Alby Mathewson as cover.

Fears are growing over the fitness of Murray with the Irish Examiner reporting he could miss Munster‘s first two Champions Cup matches in October with a neck injury.

Munster have now confirmed Mathewson will join the province, subject to being granted a valid work permit.

“Munster Rugby and the IRFU can confirm the short-term signing of New Zealand scrum-half Alby Mathewson,” read a statement.

“Mathewson will join the province (subject to being granted a valid work permit) for four months as injury cover for Conor Murray who has been ruled out for the short-term period.”

Munster kick off their Pro 14 campaign against the Cheetahs on Saturday.

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