Wednesday 24 January 2018

Leinster given clean bill of health ahead of crucial Northampton tie

Matt O'Connor
Matt O'Connor

Matt O'Connor has no major injury concerns ahead of this weekend's crucial Heineken Cup clash with the Northampton Saints at Franklin's Gardens.

Fergus McFadden is a long term absentee with a fractured hand but other than that there are no worries for O'Connor with none of his first team squad feeling any ill effects from Saturday's bonus point win over the Scarlets.

Martin Moore was substituted during the first half of the win over Scarlets after experiencing some discomfort after being winded from the scrum which reaped a penalty try, but that is not expected to curtail the tight-head prop's involvement in training this week, while centre Gordon D'Arcy was replaced as a precaution and will also be available ahead of Friday's midday team announcement.

Ireland internationals Isaac Boss, Cian Healy, Jamie Heaslip, Dave Kearney, Rob Kearney, Kevin McLaughlin, Sean O'Brien, Brian O'Driscoll and Devin Toner will all re-join the squad as Leinster build up to the trip to Northampton. Following his 11-point haul in the RDS at the weekend, out-half Ian Madigan now lies 10 points shy of the 400-point career milestone for the province in his 88 games to date.

Jack McGrath is now three caps short of the 50-cap landmark and after Saturday has now scored three times in his nine appearances to date this season.

There was bad news for Munster's South African winger Gerhard van den Heever who broke his hand in last Friday's win over the Dragons and will see a specialist later this week.

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