Thursday 23 November 2017

Sexton hopeful

Brendan Fanning

Brendan Fanning

Leinster are confident outhalf Jonny Sexton will be fit for the Heineken Cup semi-final in three weeks despite breaking his jaw against Clermont on Friday night. Sexton had surgery yesterday morning to repair the damage which was described as "a minimal displacement".

A plate was inserted to stabilise his jaw and the standard recovery period is between three to four weeks. Leinster will be away -- on the weekend of May 1/2 -- to the winners of today's quarter-final between Toulouse and Stade Francais.

It is understood the procedure was carried out only because he is a rugby player. "If it happened to you or I you probably wouldn't have had the operation done, but because of the physical contact it needs to be stabilised," a Leinster source said yesterday. "There was only minimal displacement."

Rob Kearney had a scan on his injured ankle yesterday, but it was felt before that procedure that there was no lasting damage. He was carried off late in the game after colliding with Clermont captain Aurelien Rougerie.

Brian O'Driscoll, having recovered from a knee injury last week, aggravated the same injury but it seems he will be fine for the semi-final.

Sunday Independent

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