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Monday 25 September 2017

Cullen: I'll decide on op next week

LEINSTER captain Leo Cullen has cleared up rumours surrounding the injury to his tendons by confirming an "appointment" has made for next week in Sweden.

Reports this week suggested Cullen was likely to have surgery which would rule him out for six to eight weeks, meaning he would miss the Six Nations.

"I've had a bit of an issue for a while now and I saw a specialist about it before Christmas. It's a bit disappointing that it's out in the open," he said.

"It was always the plan to get through these European games and then let Declan (Kidney), Joe (Schmidt) and myself reassess next week.

"That's the situation. There's always a case where players have little issues and this is no different. These European games are very important for Leinster, I've been named in the squad and we will reassess next week.

"For us older players, there always seems to be something wrong with the body but we'll just sit down and put the plan together," he continued.

"The specialist I have seen is top of his field and with that there comes some difficulty in getting access. At the time, it was decided to have an appointment if possible and we'll take it from there."

Meanwhile, Schmidt was frustrated at the exclusion of Luke Fitzgerald from the Ireland Six Nations squad at a time when he was showing tremendous form until combined neck and glute injuries make his involvement unlikely against Montpellier tomorrow.



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"We don't discuss the Irish squad outside the Irish environment, just because we have got enough on our plate with the Leinster environment. What we can't influence we try not to be too focused on. It is really disappointing for Luke," said Schmidt.

"He was nothing short of outstanding in the Bath fixture. I thought the speed and the balance in his running ... there has been some good facets in his play since the start of the season."

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