Thursday 29 September 2016

Leinster dealt another serious blow as Jack Conan breaks his foot in training

Published 19/11/2015 | 15:21

Leinster head coach Leo Cullen during a press conference today. Leinster Rugby Press Conference, Leinster Rugby, UCD, Belfield, Dublin. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
Leinster head coach Leo Cullen during a press conference today. Leinster Rugby Press Conference, Leinster Rugby, UCD, Belfield, Dublin. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE

Leinster have been handed another injury blow with their Champions Cup hopes hanging by a thread after head coach Leo Cullen confirmed that Jack Conan will be sidelined for 10 weeks after breaking his foot.

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The promising back-row suffered the injury in training this week and will not play again in 2015.

“There's been one injury we picked up during training during the week. Jack Conan has broken a bone in his foot at training on Tuesday, so he'll be out of the game. He's going to get a procedure done to repair that, so (he'll be out for) anything from six to ten weeks probably,” said Cullen.

The 23-year-old replaced Sean O'Brien last weekend during the 33-6 defeat to Wasps but now neither player may be available.

The Tullow Tank, Richardt Strauss and Mike McCarthy all suffered concussion last week and are following return-to-play protocols, with Cullen admitting that it was looking 'tight' for the trio to be available for selection tomorrow.

"The guys with the head knocks, it's looking pretty tight for those guys. It would be unlikely the three of them will feature. They're three very different sort of cases: Richardt, Mike McCarthy, Sean O'Brien. Even though the three of them are ok, I think we're always erring on the side of caution with those."

Rob Kearney, Luke Fitzgerald, Ben Te'o and Isa Nacewa are all close to a return to action after missing out on last week's defeat.

“Rob, Luke, Ben and Isa are getting very close. A few of them trained today which is encouraging, so they’re getting close," Cullen added

“Rhys (Ruddock) is back available.”

Leinster travel to the Rec this weekend to take on last season's Aviva Premiership runners-up Bath knowing that a win is a must if they are to keep their chances of making the knockout stages alive.

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