Tuesday 24 October 2017

Leo Cullen set to miss Euro openers after operation

Leo Cullen underwent surgery on his Achilles last week
Leo Cullen underwent surgery on his Achilles last week
Conor George

Conor George

LEO CULLEN is unlikely to feature in Leinster's opening two Heineken Cup pool games after it was revealed he underwent surgery on his Achilles last week.

This is the second time the Leinster captain has had this surgery. He first went under the knife in January and was in Sweden for the surgery last week. He is likely to miss at least the next four weeks of Leinster's season.

"Leo is probably about four weeks away from being available," revealed Leinster coach Matt O'Connor after Saturday night's game.

Leinster open their Heineken Cup campaign away to Ospreys on October 12 and are at home to Castres the following weekend. It is unlikely Cullen will be available for either of those games.

Meanwhile, Luke Fitzgerald was a late withdrawal from the Leinster team that played Ospreys at the RDS on Saturday night due to a "tight" hamstring. The Ireland winger was forced from the opening game against Scarlets with the injury but came through training during the week.

He will be monitored during the week before a decision is taken on whether to select him for Friday's trip to Glasgow.

Munster's Tommy O'Donnell and Ian Nagle returned from Italy over the weekend and will have scans to determine the extent of their injuries this afternoon.

O'Donnell's has a hyper-extension to his left knee while Nagle suffered a sprain to his left foot. Both players are out of the weekend's game against Treviso but it is hoped neither are long-term injuries.

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