Wednesday 17 January 2018

O'Driscoll on track to make Heineken Cuo quarter-final showdown at Aviva

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

BRIAN O'DRISCOLL remains on target for an April return to rugby and will meet his surgeon in the coming weeks to determine his progress.

The signs are good for the Ireland captain, who has yet to play for Leinster this season after undergoing a shoulder operation following the World Cup.

Leinster are away to Aironi this Friday before a three-week break until the end of the Six Nations, and O'Driscoll and Leo Cullen are facing a race to be fit for the Heineken Cup quarter-final against Cardiff on April 7.

Meanwhile, Luke Fitzgerald is expected to make his return to action for the province on Friday night if he can come through tomorrow's contact session at UCD.

The winger has been out of action since St Stephen's Day and has struggled to recover from a troublesome neck injury.

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"Brian's progressing well. I think he's going to go and see the surgeon in the next couple of weeks to see where he's at, but as things are going he's progressing quite well," Leinster coach Jono Gibbes said. "

"Luke Fitzgerald will do a little bit of contact work on Wednesday. If he passes that then I think that's the last box he needs to tick. The signs are pretty positive that he'll be involved this weekend."

Leinster are hopeful that New Zealander Mat Berquist will return to action this weekend. The fly-half has missed most of the season with a knee injury, while Andrew Conway and Rhys Ruddock could also be back.

The Brad Thorn saga appears to be no closer to an end.

Leinster had hoped to sign the World Cup-winning All Black from Fukuoka Sanix Blues by the start of March and with the Japanese season having one week left to run, they will want to tie up the deal soon.

Irish Independent

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