Tuesday 23 April 2019

Blow for Leinster as Robbie Henshaw emerges as major doubt for Champions Cup quarter-final against Ulster

Robbie Henshaw
Robbie Henshaw
Cian Tracey

Cian Tracey

Dan Leavy is set to make his long-awaited comeback from a calf injury as he has returned to Leinster training and is available for Friday's Guinness PRO14 game in Edinburgh.

The flanker missed the entire Six Nations campaign and is yet to play this year after suffering a calf problem in the aftermath of his last appearance against Connacht on December 22.

Leinster are also boosted by the return to full fitness of Luke McGrath (knee), Joe Tomane (hamstring) and Nick McCarthy (foot).

In less positive news however, Robbie Henshaw may miss the Champions Cup quarter-final against Ulster as his dead leg is still causing him some issues.

"Very frustrating for Robbie, I feel sorry for him," Stuart Lancaster said.

"He's had two different injuries that have had different lengths out and he's so frustrated himself. We'll see, he's not on field with us yet so obviously the clock is ticking towards Ulster.

"We'll have a better idea come Monday/Tuesday next week but again you get to the point in a week where you can't wait. He's making progress, he's not far off but as to make he'll Ulster we'll see."

Josh van der Flier is set for a scan on his groin problem and is facing a spell out.

"He's gone for a scan today and seeing the specialist tomorrow so we'll find out a bit more," Lancaster explained.

"I don't think he'll be available for the next week or two, but as to how many weeks, it'll depend on tomorrow."

Devin Toner will also miss the European decider but he is said to be ahead of schedule.

"His timeline for return to play has actually come forward a bit, he's made great progress which is positive for us," Lancaster added. 

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