Saturday 19 October 2019

Blow for Leinster as Robbie Henshaw ruled out for remaining European pool games - and could miss Six Nations opener

Leinster's Robbie Henshaw. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Leinster's Robbie Henshaw. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Robbie Henshaw could miss the start of the Six Nations after Leinster revealed he faces another eight weeks out with his hamstring injury.

The centre was ruled out of the November internationals with the injury he suffered in training at the beginning of that window and was initially expected to be out for four-to-six weeks.

However, he's been assessed further it looks like he'll miss the remainder of Leinster's European campaign and potentially the opening matches of the national team's Championship defence against England and Italy.

Henshaw has had an injury disrupted year, a serious shoulder injury ended his Six Nations campaign last February and hurt his knee in the Champions Cup final win over Racing 92.

Leinster have not ruled Johnny Sexton out of the return fixture against Bath at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday.

He came off last weekend's win at the Rec with a calf injury, but the province say he'll be assessed further in the coming days before a final decision will be made on his fitness.

Scrum-half Nick McCarthy has been ruled out for 12 weeks, but Barry Daly has stepped up his training as the winger nears a return to action after a knee problem.

The province welcomed Jack Conan, Dan Leavy, Jordan Larmour and Rory O'Loughlin back last weekend and they all came through unscathed.

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