Thursday 27 October 2016

Healy could miss out on tour to South Africa

Cian Healy
Cian Healy

Cian Healy may not play again this season for Leinster or for Ireland.

Once one of the most feared props in world rugby, Healy has not been able to recover his form this season after a quicker-than-expected return from neck surgery.

"There's a few niggles that need to be seen to, so that he can return to playing the way he can," reported Leinster scrum coach John Fogarty.

"That's what's happening at the moment, looking into a little bit of knee, and a little bit of neck stuff, so that he can be firing on all cylinders."

Obviously, the IRFU believe Healy can regain his explosive powers in light of the lucrative three-year deal the 28 year-old signed recently.

"We don't want to just keep trucking him," said Fogarty.

"We want to make sure that those (injuries) are resolved, so that he can be back to way he can play.

"I think Cian is on board with that. That's what's happening at the moment."

When pressed on whether Healy should be put through the rigours of a tour to South Africa, Fogarty did not want to exceed his jurisdiction.

"That's something for the medics with Ireland, medics with Leinster, the coaching and the management. I can't answer that one."

The progress of Seán O'Brien's hamstring has not been consistent and he's on the wait-and-see list for Lenster's last regular season match against Treviso. Flanker Josh van der Flier is in a medical boot due to an ankle issue and Luke Fitzgerald has a medial strain, both are highly unlikely to be involved.

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