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Gordon D’Arcy a doubt for 'Quins with calf injury

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Gordon D'Arcy

Gordon D'Arcy

Gordon D'Arcy

Gordon D’Arcy could be the latest Leinster man to be hit by their injury jinx.

Just when coach Matt O’Connor felt he had come to the conclusion of a horrendous bout of injuries, he was left on tenterhooks to review a scan on D’Arcy.

The veteran centre’s calf seized up just short of the hour mark at The Stoop significantly enough for him to be examined.

This will place in further doubt the cohesion of a three-quarter line that did not function effectively on Saturday.

In the absence of D’Arcy, O’Connor could move Luke Fitzgerald to thirteen and bring in Zane Kirchner or even parachute Kirchner straight into the outside centre slot.

Ireland wing Dave Kearney is touch-and-go with a hip injury suffered in training last Tuesday.

This was compensated for by the sharp return of Fitzgerald on one side and the consistency of Darragh Fanning on the other.

POSITIVE

There is a more positive outlook for flanker Dominic Ryan.

The Ireland forward ust have been gutted to find himself on the outside looking in again. His quad is not as problematic as initially feared and he could have been included at a push for round three.

It was decided the recovered Jordi Murphy had shown enough progress to merit his inclusion.

This was proven correct by Murphy’s impact for more than an hour before Jack Conan gave another cameo of his upward development. 

While Leinster do lead the Guinness PRO12 League in tries scored with 25 from nine rounds completed, they have laboured  for three in three rounds in The Champions Cup.

Sadly, the only other club to have registered as few as three is Castres Olympique in their own Pool Two. Even Treviso have plundered four.

Meanwhile, Connacht’s Mick Kearney was due to undergo an MRI scan on his ankle last night.


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