Tuesday 21 May 2019

O'Brien and Sexton hopeful of facing Glasgow

Leinster's Sean O'Brien. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Leinster's Sean O'Brien. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

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Leinster were forced to cancel yesterday's planned training session as a result of ex-Hurricane Ophelia but there was some good news at UCD as coach Girvan Dempsey was upbeat about the chances of Sean O'Brien and Johnny Sexton being fit for Saturday's clash with Glasgow.

Sexton is recovering well from his dead leg, while O'Brien's calf injury is clearing up.

And there was more good news when scans on the ankle injury that forced Isa Nacewa off during the first half of last week's win over Montpellier came back clear.

The province were scheduled to train at their base yesterday afternoon, but opted for an indoor walk-through instead in light of the weather conditions. Dempsey said they hoped the injured trio would train today.

Scott Fardy will be available after the birth of his son last Saturday, while Dan Leavy is also back for the Scotstoun fixture.

The news is not so positive for Munster who could be without Tyler Bleyendaal and Niall Scannell for this week's clash with Racing 92.

Both players will undergo scans on the injuries they sustained in Sunday's draw with Castres. Scannell injured his thumb, while Bleyendaal damaged his neck - an area that has caused him problems in the past.

Jean Kleyn could return to face Racing, while new signing Chris Cloete will link up with the squad on arrival from South Africa. He is not registered to play in Europe.

He will be joined by new head coach Johann van Graan who is in town to make arrangements for his family.

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