Tuesday 23 January 2018

Wright blow for leinster

LEINSTER have received another injury blow with the news that Stan Wright's return from a long-term Achilles problem could be delayed by a month.

The Cook Islands prop has not played a competitive game for the province this season after damaging his Achilles tendon in August and it was hoped he would return to full fitness by the start of February.

However, although he was recently able to return to light training, it is understood that a subsequent tear means a March return is now the likelier scenario.

Mike Ross, Cian Healy and Heinke van der Merwe have being carrying out the primary propping duties very effectively in Wright's absence, with New Zealander Clint Newland signed on a temporary deal to cover the front-row. Wright has been one of Leinster's most effective players over the past few seasons and has the ability to play at loose-head or tight-head.

Leinster have had to cope with long-term injuries to Luke Fitzgerald, Rob Kearney and Kevin McLaughlin this season, as well as losing John Fogarty to forced retirement, captain Leo Cullen for the early stages of the season and centre Eoin O'Malley to a fractured rib in last weekend's defeat to Clermont.

Irish Independent

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