Tuesday 19 September 2017

Kearney injury jinx strikes once again for luckless duo

Rob Kearney. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Rob Kearney. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
David Kelly

David Kelly

There's never a dull moment in the Kearney household.

The Leinster pair are brothers in arms but, too often of late, they have been brothers in harm.

Rob and Dave missed the summer tour to South Africa, full-back Rob ending a nightmarish, hamstring-plagued season with another strain in a pre-tour training session, while Dave succumbed to a calf injury in the Pro12 final humiliation to Connacht.

And so they spent June licking their wounds in Ranelagh instead of tackling the Bok beasts in Johannesburg and beyond.

Both men assaulted the new season with renewed vigour but, already, Rob has been downed yet again by a hamstring issue, striking once more in Scotstoun last Saturday as injuries continue to toll for the luckless 30-year-old.

"Yeah, it's pretty tough on him now," concedes the younger Kearney. "He worked pretty hard to come back and did a lot of work during pre-season, but that injury was just unlucky.

"He got into a bad spot but thankfully it wasn't worse, either more hamstring or related to what it was last season.

"Hopefully, he'll get a few weeks' rehab under his belt and get back as soon as possible."

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He has had his own troubles; his bags were packed for South Africa when a scan revealed the worst regarding his calf; the bags remained stubbornly packed as he trundled home to digest the disappointment.

"It all happened pretty quickly," recalls the 27-year-old. who has 16 caps for his country. "I literally went in on the day of the tour, got my gear and as I was heading up to my room I found out the results of the scan I'd had the night before and I couldn't go.

"Rob did his the next day, so it was a bad time of it. But it's a new season now, a fresh slate and I'm looking forward to it."

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