Saturday 16 December 2017

Scans reveal O'Driscoll has NOT suffered broken jaw

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Leinster are refusing to rule Brian O'Driscoll out of their Heineken Cup double-header against Clermont Auvergne, as scans revealed that the Ireland captain has not broken his jaw.

It was initially feared that the centre had suffered a fracture during Ireland's 29-9 victory over Argentina last weekend, but the injury is not as bad as first thought.

He will continue to receive medical treatment and with O'Driscoll known as a quick healer, Leinster are hopeful that he could feature against the French champions.

The first match at the Stade Marcel Michelin would appear to come too soon for the Lions star, but Leinster are cautiously optimistic he could make an appearance for the return fixture at the Aviva Stadium.

Eoin O'Malley was given the nod to replace O'Driscoll at outside-centre for Leinster's clash with the Scarlets tonight in a backline that looks set to start against Clermont if O'Driscoll doesn't make it back in time.

Knee injuries have already ruled Rob Kearney and Luke Fitzgerald out of the back-to-back clashes and the O'Driscoll's return would significantly boost Joe Schmidt's options ahead of a crucial fortnight of European rugby.

Leinster have already beaten Racing Metro and Saracens in Pool 2, but their preparations have been severely disrupted by the injuries suffered during the November Internationals and by the recent snow fall, which meant they couldn't train outdoors this week.

Irish Independent

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