Richardt Strauss season over after operation as Blues sweat on Eoin Reddan
LEINSTER have confirmed that Richardt Strauss' season is over after the South African-born Ireland international underwent surgery on his hamstring on Monday.
The hooker has missed much of the campaign due to a heart problem, discovered back in October, but he recovered earlier than expected and made nine appearances since his January comeback.
He had been in the frame for the summer tour of Argentina, but will now be recovering for a "number of months".
Eoin Reddan continues to make slow but steady progress from his shoulder injury but a final decision on his availability for this weekend's Pro12 semi-final against Ulster will not be made until later in the week.
While Mike McCarthy's injury is not as bad as first thought, he is unlikely to feature this weekend.
Luke Fitzgerald is out, but Matt O'Connor will have Sean O'Brien and Fergus McFadden available.