Sunday 4 December 2016

More bad news for Leinster as Sean O'Brien's injury woes continue

Tom Rooney

Published 30/11/2015 | 17:55

Leinster's Sean O'Brien
Leinster's Sean O'Brien

Leinster flanker Sean O’Brien is being treated for an inner ear infection and will be monitored by the province's medical team over the coming days, but scrum half Luke McGrath’s medial strain means he is unavailable for this weekend’s Pro 12 tie with the Glasgow Warriors.

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O’Brien, who along with hooker Richardt Strauss, suffered a concussion in the Blues Champions Cup loss to Wasps, and met with an ear specialist while observing the Return to Play Protocols and is suffering from an inner ear issue - vestibular impairment, which affects his balance. He took a limited part in training today and will be assessed on an ongoing basis.

Strauss has passed the Return to Play Proocols, and fully trained today and is available for selection this weekend. Rob Keaney also took part following his hamstring issue which prevented him from lining out against Ulster over the weekend, and will be available for selection for the trip to Glasgow.

Johnny Sexton took a bang to the back and was only suffering from some stiffness after the game, he will also be at Leo Cullen’s disposal for the showdown with the Champions.

However, the good news ends there; Luke McGrath has a medial strain and will be out of the game this weekend, but he is expected to be back in contention for the visit to Toulon.

While Noel Reid hasn't broken any bone in his ankle, there is ligament damage. He is waiting for the results of a further scan before seeing a specialist later this week to decide on the best course of action.

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