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Dan Leavy

Dan Leavy

Dan Leavy

Leinster will continue to have patience with Dan Leavy and have confirmed that the Ireland flanker will not play against Ulster this weekend.

There would be a certain amount of symmetry if the 26-year-old was to come back at the Aviva Stadium where he suffered his major knee injury in April 2019 while playing against the same opposition, but it's not to be.

Leinster say he will increase his training involvement this week and they may look at bringing him back in one of the 'A' interpros fixed for September to help him ease his way back.

Dave Kearney is also out of Saturday's game, having gone off against Munster with a hamstring problem. He will get a further medical assessment later this week. Vakh Abaladze remains out after back surgery.

There was better news for Ireland star Cian Healy, Johnny Sexton and Josh van der Flier who are all fit and available for the Ulster game after coming off injured against Munster.

Tadhg Furlong and Rhys Ruddock will be assessed this week before a decision is taken on the pair who sat out the return to action last weekend.

Leo Cullen has the luxury of being able to rotate his squad knowing the result won't affect his side's play-off position.

Fears are growing that RG Snyman has suffered very serious knee ligament damage, and is facing a lengthy period out of the game

Snyman, who picked up the injury in Saturday's defeat to Leinster, will undergo a scan on his left knee today, but it's understood that Munster are bracing themselves for bad news.

While the results of the scan will become clear over the next few days, if Snyman has damaged his ACL, he could well be facing a full season out of the game.

Should the worst case scenario come to pass, it would be a disaster for Munster, who have spent big money on getting the recent World Cup winning lock to Limerick.

The 25-year old landed badly after stealing a lineout last weekend, which meant that his debut lasted just seven minutes.

A dejected Johann van Graan admitted afterwards that the injury looked pretty serious, and the Munster head coach is now set to be without another one of his key players for the foreseeable future.

Meanwhile, Dave Kilcoyne will also undergo a scan on the ankle injury he picked up in the same game.