Monday 18 December 2017

Henshaw could miss start of next season after operation on torn chest muscle

Robbie Henshaw
Robbie Henshaw

Ruaidhri O'Connor in Wellington

Robbie Henshaw could miss the start of next season after undergoing surgery on his torn pectoral muscle.

The Leinster and Ireland centre was last night ruled out of the Lions tour and he'll go under the knife in Dublin on Monday after flying home over the weekend.

George North will also travel back after being ruled out with a hamstring injury. Both men were injured in the Lions' draw with the Hurricanes on Wednesday.

Henshaw damaged his chest muscle while making a tackle and could face a long stretch on the sidelines as he recovers from his operation.

That puts the start of next season in jeopardy. Henshaw's non-international Leinster team-mates are already back in pre-season training and the Guinness PRO12 kicks off in nine weeks' time.

"It’s unfortunate with Robbie with that pectoral muscle which has put him out," Lions coach Warren Gatland said in Wellington overnight.

"He is heading back to Ireland and has an operation on Monday and George with the hamstring.

"It’s unfortunate for him and his tour is over as well. We have been very lucky that we haven’t had too many injuries so far. It’s been unfortunate for those two players who have picked up injuries this week.

"They have been great for the squad on tour and we wish them both speedy recovery."

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