Thursday 27 April 2017

Sexton cleared but Kearney under knife again

Jonathan Sexton. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Jonathan Sexton. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
David Kelly

David Kelly

Jonathan Sexton has been given a clean bill of health by Leinster following a heavy bang to the shoulder sustained in Saturday's Champions Cup quarter-final defeat of Wasps.

But the prospects of team-mates Rob Kearney and Jamie Heaslip joining him any time soon receded further, according to a club medical bulletin.

For the second successive week, there is no time-frame discussed for Heaslip's return from a back procedure.

Kearney, who had been due back in three-to-five weeks, underwent bicep tendon surgery last week, a second op in a short while which may further extend his absence. He will be out for a "number of weeks", according to Leinster.

Winger Adam Byrne will miss this weekend's Guinness PRO12 trip to Ospreys after limping off midway through the first-half with a "low -grade" hamstring strain which will be rested until a putative return to training next week.

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Sean Cronin continued his comeback from the hamstring injury with an 'A' game appearance last Friday and may feature in Swansea.

Rhys Ruddock, Dave Kearney and Dominic Ryan could also come into a re-shuffled squad, while Jack Conan and Zane Kirchner came through the Wasps game without any problems.

Leinster's semi-final opponents Clermont have been rocked by the news that Noa Nakaitaci has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a serious knee injury.

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The 26-year-old Fiji-born France international wing ruptured cruciate ligaments in his knee during Sunday's 29-9 European Champions Cup victory over Toulon but Leinster are focused on league action for now.

"We want a home semi-final in the league so these next two away games are vital," says assistant coach Girvan Dempsey.

Irish Independent

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