Saturday 23 September 2017

Leinster sweat over Jamie Heaslip and Rob Kearney ahead of Euro Wasps clash

Heaslip was withdrawn from Ireland’s starting XV against England after he pulled up in the warm-up. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Heaslip was withdrawn from Ireland’s starting XV against England after he pulled up in the warm-up. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Cian Tracey

Cian Tracey

Leinster are sweating over the fitness of Jamie Heaslip and Rob Kearney ahead of their Champions Cup quarter-final clash with Wasps on Saturday week but the province has allayed fears surrounding Johnny Sexton.

Heaslip was withdrawn from Ireland's starting XV against England after he pulled up in the warm-up and Leinster yesterday confirmed that he had suffered a lower-back injury and not a hamstring issue.

Kearney's injury-hit season continued when he picked up a knee injury in training last week and the full-back will see a specialist today to determine the extent of the damage.

Neither will be involved in this weekend's Pro12 meeting with Cardiff and the province's scrum coach John Fogarty admitted that they were concerned for both, particularly Kearney.

Specialist

"No one wants to go and see a specialist," Fogarty said.

Kearney’s injury-hit season continued when he picked up a knee injury in training last week. Photo: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
Kearney’s injury-hit season continued when he picked up a knee injury in training last week. Photo: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

"He's not going to be involved this weekend. Like Jamie, Rob has played lots of minutes so they'll be managed. We'll see later in the week how they are. I think it (Heaslip's injury) stems from a lower-back issue, and again, he is going to be assessed. It's the same for him, they need to take some time out."

In more positive news, Fogarty insisted that despite the rough treatment Sexton came in for against England, the out-half came through it unscathed.

Leinster are hopeful that Josh van der Flier (shoulder), Sean Cronin (hamstring) and Isa Nacewa (knee) will return for the Wasps game at the Aviva.

Conor Murray (shoulder) and Keith Earls (shin) are also in a race to be fit for Munster's quarter-final against Toulouse but they will be given as much time as possible to recover. James Cronin (finger) will return to training this week but Jean Kleyn (neck) and Dave Foley (wrist) will miss the remainder of the season.

Elsewhere, Munster were boosted by Murray and CJ Stander being shortlisted for the Six Nations player of the championship award.

Irish Independent

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