Friday 9 December 2016

Leinster hit by treble injury setback ahead of Munster battle

Published 03/10/2016 | 12:48

Leinster’s Rob Kearney evades the tackle of Glasgow Warriors’ Ryan Wilson on his way to scoring his side’s first try. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Leinster’s Rob Kearney evades the tackle of Glasgow Warriors’ Ryan Wilson on his way to scoring his side’s first try. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Leinster's Fergus McFadden has suffered another injury set-back ahead of this weekend's interprovincial clash against Munster at the Aviva Stadium.

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And there was further bad news for Leinster HQ yesterday as both Kearney brothers were officially ruled out of action this week.

McFadden, who only returned to action at the weekend in the 16-13 win in Cardiff, has suffered another quad injury and the is will be investigated further this week.

Dave Kearney went over on his ankle late in the first-half and wasn't risked for the second-half; he will be re-assessed this week but is unlikely to be available for Saturday's match.

Robbie Henshaw, Rob Kearney and Sean O'Brien are all targeting imminent returns and their rehabilitation will step up a gear this week albeit O'Brien is the only one of the trio who may not make a return in time for the Champions Cup, which begins with a home match against Castres.

Lock Mike McCarthy has a foot problem but may be fit to play this weekend while former Munster man and second-row partner, Ian Nagle, emerged from his belated weekend debut with no reaction to his recent shoulder problem.

Jack Conan, Ed Byrne, Billy Dardis, Ian Fitzpatrick and Richardt Strauss remain unavailable.

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