Tuesday 23 January 2018

Garry Ringrose ruled out of Ireland's November Tests but there is better news for Rob Kearney

Garry Ringrose and (inset) Rob Kearney
Garry Ringrose and (inset) Rob Kearney
Ireland's Garry Ringrose is out injured

Des Berry

Rob Kearney is on course to make his return for Leinster against Ulster at The Kingspan Stadium in the PRO14 League this Saturday evening.

The grass pitch of Belfast might just be preferable, in terms of the speed travelled at, to the 3G surface of Glasgow Warriors at Scotstoun the following week. 

The Ireland full-back could be the cat among the pigeons as Simon Zebo, Tiernan O’Halloran and Joey Carbery were eyeing up the November internationals.

Kearney has suffered more than most, in recent seasons, with injury, his hamstrings regularly pulling him down, physically and psychologically.

The most recent setback happened on the night of September 9th against Cardiff Blues when what coach Leo Cullen referred to as ‘a grab’ of his hamstring was quickly diagnosed as a Grade-2 strain.

The estimate was a 6-8 week break from the game to restore the hamstring to full working order.

The fear was that it would stretch to November, and even beyond, simply due to Kearney’s personal experiences.

Unsurprisingly, the Louth man has been dedicated to his rehabilitation of an injury that has been linked to a long-term lower back problem.

Meanwhile, Ireland's Gary Ringrose will play no part in the November Tests against South Africa, Fiji and the Pumas.

Ringrose is recovering from shoulder surgery he underwent in July and following Leinster's win over Glasgow Warriors at the weekend, Blues boss Leo Cullen confirmed that it will be the end of November before he returns.

"Garry is still a bit off so he is probably looking at the end of November," said Cullen.

Josh van der Flier and Barry Daly were substituted in Leinster's 34-18 win in Glasgow and Cullen admitted the former is a doubt ahead of this week's Pro14 clash against Ulster.

"It looks like Josh will struggle for this week," added Cullen.

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