Leinster have concerns over a neck injury which Cian Healy sustained in Leinster's Champions Cup semi-final defeat to Toulon.
The loosehead prop was omitted from Leinster's matchday squad for the clash with Treviso tomorrow night having played against Ulster a fortnight ago.
Leinster boss Matt O'Connor said the injury was a result of the six-day turnaround between the Toulon and Ulster game and wasn't related to the big hit he shipped from Bakkies Botha in Marseilles.
“With the tight turnaround from Toulon to Ulster, Cian picked up a bit of a stiff neck so he’s not playing this week,” O’Connor is reported as saying by The42 this afternoon at LauraLynn Children’s Hospice, one of Leinster’s charity partners," O'Connor said.
"We’re doing a few investigations in relation to that. Potentially [he could be back for next weekend's clash with Edinburgh], it’s unknown at this stage. He’s in the hands of the medics at this stage, so we’ll have to wait and see.
“No, [it was] nothing to do with that [Botha incident],” continued O’Connor. “It was just off the back of the two very tight games and the Six Nations schedule and everything that he’s gone through over the last couple of months. So hopefully it’s not too serious.”
Joe Schmidt will be keeping a close eye on Healy's recuperation after he spent long periods of the last two seasons on the sidelines.
Luke Fitzgerald underwent shoulder surgery last week and O'Connor revealed that the surgery was fast-tracked to give him the best possible chance to be fit and ready for World Cup preparations.
“It’s an old injury that he’s been managing through,” said O’Connor of Fitzgerald. “The medical decision was to get it repaired as quick as possible for what’s around the corner obviously.”
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