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McGrath injury not as serious as feared

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Leinster's Luke Fitzgerald. Picture: David Maher/SPORTSFILE

Leinster's Luke Fitzgerald. Picture: David Maher/SPORTSFILE

Leinster's Luke Fitzgerald. Picture: David Maher/SPORTSFILE

FEARS have faded that Jack McGrath has broken his collar bone.

There was genuine concern that the Ireland loose-head had suffered a break against France to greatly compromise Leinster's loose-head options for their PRO12 League tie against Munster and Heineken Cup quarter-final away to Toulon.

On further inspection, it is believed McGrath was out of a sling on Sunday evening following positive news from his scan.

There is lingering concern over the ongoing struggle of Luke Fitzgerald to overcome an injury located somewhere between his hip, groin and abdomen area.

"It's an ongoing issue. It's ab sort of, groin sort of, hip sort of related," said Leinster manager Guy Easterby.

Frustrated

The Ireland left wing has been treated in a process of elimination.

The exact problem has yet to be identified for certain, leaving Fitzgerald understandably frustrated.

"You're probably sick of hearing it and we're probably sick of saying it, but we're hopeful he'll be available this weekend," said Easterby.

"Again, it's probably been a process of elimination. They've done one thing – we've seen improvement and he's played.

"Then, he's done something in the Captain's run that put him out of the Glasgow game.

"So, hopefully we're getting to the bottom of it. We've tried this, tried that and it's not something that's stopping him.

"He trained well today, it is just frustrating for Luke because he has missed out on some big games over the last few weeks and he'll be hoping to put that right".

Fitzgerald last played an hour for Leinster against Cardiff Blues last month and completed 80 minutes against The Ospreys a full month before that one.


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