Saturday 19 January 2019

Healy and O'Brien blows worsen Leinster's injury crisis

Leinster may have to begin the Rugby Champions Cup without their two most powerful forwards - Cian Healy and Seán O'Brien.

That is the stark reality facing the province as Healy pulled up in training yesterday with what coach Matt O'Connor said looks like "a significant hamstring" injury.

There will be a wait-and see approach taken with O'Brien as he had arthroscopic surgery on his ankle two weeks ago to remove what O'Connor called "floating matter".

There appeared to be some confusion or uncertainty over how long both men will be out of action with Healy waiting on the results of his scan and O'Brien expected to be out for at least three weeks. Worse again, Leinster and Ireland's second choice loose-head Jack McGrath has a slight calf problem and the province's back-up openside Shane Jennings is out for approximately three more weeks with a hamstring injury.

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