Thursday 24 August 2017

Leinster won't risk Heaslip or Fitzgerald

Heaslip is undergoing concussion return to play protocols after being sidelined during Friday's vital Guinness Pro12 win away to Ospreys Photo: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
Heaslip is undergoing concussion return to play protocols after being sidelined during Friday's vital Guinness Pro12 win away to Ospreys Photo: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
David Kelly

David Kelly

Leinster won't rush the return of injured duo Jamie Heaslip and Luke Fitzgerald, two key members of Ireland's Six Nations title challenge, ahead of Saturday's Champions Cup RDS dead rubber against Bath.

Heaslip is undergoing concussion return to play protocols after being sidelined during Friday's vital Guinness Pro12 win away to Ospreys, while Fitzgerald was removed after taking a stinger to his shoulder, prompting obvious concerns given his injury profile.

Neither man is a doubt for the February 7 opener against Wales but prudence will still prevail.

"Jamie is bouncing around the place, he's in good form but we have to follow those return to play protocols and hopefully in a couple of weeks he'll be grand," reported assistant coach Kurt McQuilkin.

"Lukey got a stinger on his shoulder so we're just going to assess him over the week and see how things go there."

There has also been no change in the status of front-row pair, the swiftly healing Cian Healy (knee), and Mike Ross (hamstring), who are both expected to be available for the Six Nations starting grid, albeit neither man may play before February 7.

Irish Independent

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