Sean Cronin faces fitness race in bid to feature in Leinster's double assault, Adam Byrne's season is over
SEAN Cronin remains a major doubt for Leinster's double title tilt after being ruled out of action this weekend with the calf injury picked up during last Saturday's Champions Cup semi-final win against Toulouse.
Leinster travel to Ulster this weekend in a dead rubber PRO 14 clash and they don't have a game next week as they begin to ramp up preparations for the Champions' Cup final against Saracens.
The Irish hooker, who lost his squad place after being dumped by Joe Schmidt following a poor display in Rome against Italy, will be anxious to return to the paddock as soon as possible after expressing optimism last week that he remains in the Kiwi's World Cup plans despite his difficult spring.
Rhys Ruddock, who suffered a head knock against Ulster in the RDS last month, has also been ruled out of the return clash this weekend after Leinster revealed that the flanker has once more re-entered the Graduated Return to Play Protocols.
Ruddock felt unwell on the eve of the Toulouse semi-final and he will be supervised by team medics this week.
Andrew Porter, who had a minor pectoral muscle injury which forced him out of Sunday's Aviva clash, and Jamison Gibson-Park (hamstring), will have further assessment this week before a final decision is made on his availability.
Adam Byrne's season is over after sustaining a quad injury against Glasgow Warriors; Ross Molony is progressing well following a back injury and will be further assessed later this week.
Rory O'Loughlin & Jonathan Sexton came through the game against Toulouse with no issues and will train as normal this week.