Saturday 21 July 2018

James Ryan a major doubt for Leinster's Champions Cup clash with Exeter after shoulder sprain

Leinster's James Ryan
Leinster's James Ryan

Des Berry

Leinster lock James Ryan will struggle to make it back for the key Champions Cup clash against Exeter Chiefs at Sandy Park on Sunday week.

The 21 year-old Ireland international suffered a Grade-1 sprain of the AC-Joint when landing on an outstretched arm against Argentina last Saturday.

The estimated time of recovery for such a setback is 1-3 weeks, making Ryan likely to make his return for Exeter’s visit to The Aviva Stadium tomorrow fortnight, as long as everything goes to plan.

He will sit out the PRO14 League match-up with Benetton Treviso tomorrow and work on making it back as soon as possible.

Ryan is seen as precious cargo at Leinster for his undoubted talent where the durable Devin Toner and Scott Fardy are more than capable alternatives in the middle row.   

This term, Ryan has been inconvenienced by shoulder (2 weeks), foot (4 weeks) and concussion (2 weeks) issues which have prevented him from building up his match fitness. 

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