Wednesday 28 September 2016

Injured Cian Healy could miss rest of the season

Published 03/05/2016 | 02:30

Cian Healy may have to sit out the rest of the season due to injury. Photo: David Maher / Sportsfile
Cian Healy may have to sit out the rest of the season due to injury. Photo: David Maher / Sportsfile

Cian Healy may have played the last game of his season as the Leinster and the IRFU medical teams try to get to the bottom of the injuries that have affected him this season.

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The Ireland prop is still suffering from issues related to the neck operation he had at the end of last season, while he also has knee problems after undergoing surgery before the Six Nations.

His slower than expected recovery from the neck procedure almost cost him his place at last year's World Cup and he has yet to get back to peak form after a tough couple of years.

Healy (28) was part of the recent 44-man Ireland squad gathering after appearing as a replacement against England and Scotland. However, he was a notable absentee from Leinster's match-day 23 against Ulster last weekend and it has emerged that he may be stood down for the rest of the season.

He recently signed a new three-year contract with the IRFU to remain with Leinster and the province's scrum coach John Fogarty says their priority is trying to get him back to his best.

"There's a few niggles that need to be seen to so that he can return to playing the way he can," he said.

"That's what's happening at the moment, looking into a little bit of knee, and a little bit of neck stuff so that he can be firing on all cylinders.

"We don't want to just keep trucking him. We want to make sure that those are resolved, so that he can be back to way he can play, and I think Cian is on board with that."

Irish Independent

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