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Jordi ruled out for 12 weeks after shoulder surgery

Leinster have confirmed that Jordi Murphy will be out of the game for approximately 12 weeks after undergoing shoulder surgery last week.

This means the Ireland utility back row will miss out on the first two rounds of Leinster's European Champions Cup and maybe even the third and fourth rounds on the first and second weekends in December.

The 23 year-old came into his own last season, making his Ireland debut as a replacement against England at Twickenham, finishing out the season with four international caps, including his first start - against Argentina in June.

Now, Murphy will have to endure an extended period of rehabilitation, missing the November internationals, slipping closer to the back of the queue for internationals honours in the build up to the 2015 Six Nations and World Cup.

It has also been revealed that Ireland U20 captain Dan Leavy, another flanker, has been removed from the game for six to eight weeks with a medial ligament strain.

Ireland wing Dave Kearney (knee) and hooker Richardt Strauss (hamstring) have been pencilled on for return-to-play dates in approximately two months' time.

Connacht coach Pat Lam will have to do without All Black marquee signing Mils Muliaina (elbow) ahead of hosting the Dragons at The Sportsground on Friday. Andrew Browne (knee), Jason Harris-Wright (shoulder) and Mata Fifita (shoulder), Tiernan O'Halloran (knee), Matt Healy (hand) and centre Shane O'Leary (quad) are all out injured. Captain John Muldoon, prop Ronan Loughney and forward Aly Muldowney will be available.