Thursday 22 February 2018

Welcome boost for Leinster as Tadhg Furlong gets green light to face Glasgow

Tadhg Furlong receives medical attention
Tadhg Furlong receives medical attention
David Kelly

David Kelly

TADHG Furlong is on course to be available for Sunday's Champions Cup clash with Glasgow as Leinster resign themselves to injury blows for Garry Ringrose and James Tracy.

Joey Carbery, Sean O'Brien and James Ryan will step up training this week and all have a chance to face Glasgow.

Furlong suffered a concussion at the weekend against Ulster and failed a Head Injury Assessment. Having entered return to play protocols, he passed the third stage of the process this week and is making good progress.

Earlier in the first-half, Furlong was also treated for a hyper extension of his left elbow and he will be further assessed for that injury ahead of selection later this week.

Leinster confirmed that both Ringrose, who underwent ankle surgery yesterday and may miss six weeks of action, including the first fortnight of the Six Nations, and Tracy, who will see a specialist for an elbow dislocation later this week, face spells on the sidelines.

It is the second setback of what is turning into an unlucky season for the 22-year-old Ringrose.

He had just worked his way back from shoulder surgery in the summer to play four matches when an awkward, twisting fall, in his fifth game, forced him off the field against Ulster.

This would seem to leave the door open for Robbie Henshaw and Bundee Aki to continue to rekindle their Connacht chemistry via this Six Nations campaign.

Ringrose is now likely to miss the start of Ireland's Six Nations campaign, which kicks off against France in Paris February 3.

Hooker Tracy has been ruled out for approximately five weeks with a dislocated elbow.

The incident happened during the first-half of the win over Ulster, causing his immediate removal in the 27th minute.

It limits Leinster's options against Glasgow Warriors in the position to Sean Cronin, Bryan Byrne and Richardt Strauss, thankfully recovered from a lower back injury.

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It will also stifle Tracy's push for further Ireland honours in the Six Nations, ruling out France and Italy.

It comes as a cruel blow to the former Newbridge College loose-head prop, who began the transition to hooker on the advice of Joe Schmidt back in 2013.

He made his Ireland debut against Canada in November of 2011 and was used sparingly as a replacement against Fiji, for 24 minutes, and against Argentina, for five minutes, in November.

The incident happened during the second-half of the win over Ulster, causing his immediate removal.

Dan Leavy returned to training today after a back injury picked up against Connacht, as did Strauss, who was injured against Munster.

Joey Carbery will take full part in the rugby training programme this week and will be further assessed as the week progresses.

James Ryan continues to rehab from an ankle injury and will be further assessed, along with Sean O'Brien (hip).

Adam Byrne will not be available as his knee issue flared up and he is due to see a specialist next week.

There was no update on the fitness of Rhys Ruddock (hamstring), Jamie Heaslip (lower back) and Tom Daly (knee).

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