Saturday 25 November 2017

McFadden and Kearney out of derby showdown

Fergus McFadden
Fergus McFadden

Fergus McFadden is out of Saturday's derby clash against Munster after a reoccurence of his quad injury.

The Ireland wing hurt the same muscle late on against Cardiff that had forced his removal, in the captain's run, just before the Glasgow Warriors game.

It would seem, though, that Seán O'Brien and Robbie Henshaw are on similar paths back to play from their respective hamstring and knee injuries. Their special brand of front-foot power will only enhance Leinster.

The rehabilitations will be stepped up as both came through without issue last week.

In terms of the knock-on effect of McFadden's setback, the back-three is suddenly becoming an area of concern for Leinster as Dave Kearney has already been deemed "unlikely" for the Munster match with an ankle problem.

Big brother Rob is nursing a Grade-2 knee ligament tear and should be outside the squad for Saturday.

Adam Byrne is dealing with a minor problem and members of the Academy, Billy Dardis and Ian Fitzpatrick, have been on the long-term list of injuries this season.

Barry Daly made his debut as a replacement against Cardiff just after signing a development contract.

Ireland lock Mike McCarthy looks like another struggling to make Munster due to distress to his foot. There is better news for Ian Nagle as there was no adverse reaction to his shoulder against Cardiff.

Meanwhile, Clontarf prop Ivan Soroka has signed a one-year contract at Connacht.

This comes as lock Seán O'Brien, Caolan Blade, James Connolly and Peter Robb extended contracts with the province to the summer of 2018.

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