Saturday 1 October 2016

Leinster sweating on Kearney fitness as big guns return

Published 13/09/2016 | 02:30

Rob Kearney has been plagued by injuries Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Rob Kearney has been plagued by injuries Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Rob Kearney is anxiously waiting on the results of a scan that will reveal the extent of the damage he suffered to his knee in Leinster's defeat to Glasgow Warriors on Saturday.

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The luckless full-back, who suffered from repeated hamstring injuries last season, underwent scans at the Sports Surgery Clinic in Santry yesterday to establish the extent of the problem that forced him off after 58 minutes.

Leinster's Jonathan Sexton - with his new blond hairstyle - trained yesterday and may return for Friday's clash against Edinburgh Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Leinster's Jonathan Sexton - with his new blond hairstyle - trained yesterday and may return for Friday's clash against Edinburgh Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Kearney appeared to collide with his brother Dave as he tried in vain to stop Tommy Seymour from scoring a try and then pulled up while chasing the subsequent kick-off.

The younger Kearney yesterday expressed his optimism that the injury would only keep the Ireland star out for a few weeks, but Leinster are anxiously awaiting confirmation from the scan results and said it was too early to tell the extent of the problem.

The news comes as a blow to Leo Cullen, who is already operating without Johnny Sexton, Robbie Henshaw and Isa Nacewa at the start of the season, although his skipper could return this Friday against Edinburgh.

Ireland quartet Jamie Heaslip, Jack McGrath, Sean Cronin and Devin Toner will also be back in action for the trip to Murrayfield on Friday night, but Johnny Sextion, Rhys Ruddock and Robbie Henshaw are still out injured.

"All those guys are coming back into it," Leinster scrum coach Fogarty said of the quartet of forwards who have been kept under wraps for the opening weekends of the season after touring South Africa with Ireland.

"The timing of it is good. A lot of forwards there. Edinburgh are a very physical team and we went over there last year and got bashed a little bit.

"So their returns are important. It also creates a headache. Guys in the last two games have gone quite well. They have shown really good attitudes and performed alright."

Irish Independent

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