Schmidt blow as Healy now major doubt for Six Nations
Ireland prop Cian Healy will miss the November internationals following surgery on a hamstring problem and he will now also be a major doubt for the Six Nations campaign, which begins in February.
Following the 37-23 bonus point win against Cardiff Blues at the RDS last night, Leinster coach Matt O'Connor confirmed the worst fears for Healy's latest injury setback, following an apparently innocuous incident sustained during training on Wednesday.
"Cian strained his hamstring just running up the pitch, there was nothing in it," said O'Connor. "Unfortunately, the scans revealed he had torn it off the bone, which meant he needed surgery to repair it.
"He'll be four or five months. It could happen to anybody but the reality is there aren't many strong enough out there who could do that type of damage to themselves. He'll be as good as he was before.
"It's the nature of the game we play that blokes get injured. It's a significant injury for a young guy. That's what happens in professional sport and hopefully he'll be back as good as new by the Six Nations."
Rob Kearney received a dead leg in the first-half of a game that Gordon D’Arcy described as a “mediocre performance” but the Ireland full-back should be fit to face Munster in Lansdowne Road next Saturday.
Tries from Rhys Ruddock, Mick McGrath, Gordon D’Arcy and a last-minute try from Luke McGrath secured the five points in last night’s Guinness Pro12 clash at the RDS.
“We’ll need to be much better next week when there are bragging rights available against Munster,” added O’Connor.
“We need to make sure we work harder to put in an 80 minute performance, we’ve been disjointed for a number of reasons.”