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Saturday 1 October 2016

Fergus McFadden ruled out for remainder of the season

Fergus McFadden
Fergus McFadden

Leinster's Fergus McFadden has had his season ended by a broken thumb in The Champions Cup semi-final - he will be sidelined for eight weeks..

It has been a trying time for the Ireland wing as he has had to overcome a series of unconnected injuries this season just to put himself in the frame for last Sunday.

There was the ankle strain suffered against Munster in The PRO12 League in October which, more or less, ruined his prospects of playing in the November internationals. That took him away for seven weeks.

He made it back to compete against The Ospreys only to suffer with ligament damage to his thumb.

It required surgery in early December which ruled him out of Leinster's back-to-back Champions Cup matches against Harlequins and a for a further five weeks.

More recently, he suffered the misfortune to be knocked out cold for the first time in his career against Bath in The Champions Cup quarter-final to throw into doubt his participation against Toulon.

No sooner had he overcome this obstacle, he then experienced an unrelated injury to the same thumb damaged in December in the 60th minute in Marseille just two weeks later.

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