Wednesday 11 December 2019

Furlong, Doris and Tomane emerge as injury doubts for Leinster ahead of Lyon trip

Tadhg Furlong. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Tadhg Furlong. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Des Berry

Tadhg Furlong, Caelan Doris and Joe Tomane are all in a race against the clock to be involved for Leinster against Lyon in round two of the Champions Cup in France on Saturday (KO, 3.15 Irish time – BT Sport).

The fact Furlong will be assessed this week with a minor back complaint suggests the tight-head will be short of the mark.

It would be common sense to take a careful approach with Tomane's hamstring strain, especially in light of Robbie Henshaw being fit and available to partner Garry Ringrose in midfield.

It is unlikely Doris will make it to the starting line given the number eight is in the process of working his way through return-to-lay protocols from the blow that forced his removal against Benetton.

Flanker Will Connors has come through his return-to-play protocols to throw his scrum-cap in the ring, while centre Rory O'Loughlin (shoulder) is also not certain to travel.

Leinster secured a bonus-point win over Benetton at the RDS last Saturday, while Lyon were defeated by Northampton.

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