Sunday 17 December 2017

Ruddock's season comes to an end

Leinster's Rhys Ruddock
Leinster's Rhys Ruddock

Leinster's Rhys Ruddock has had to have his forearm operated on for the second time in four months.

"Rhys unfortunately has a situation with his arm, so he has had to have that re-fixed which means that he is unlikely to feature for the remainder of the season," said Leinster forwards coach Leo Cullen.

"He was struggling when he came back and he got another bang on it. It's just one of those unfortunate ones."

The 24-year-old (right) returned from the initial fracture to play out 80 minutes against The Ospreys and the Scarlets at the turn of this month.

The arm never came fully right and a blow against The Scarlets forced a rethink and a re-examination of the injury with the best advice being a second operation.

The Ireland blindside must now turn his mind to getting into peak condition for the pre-season lead into the World Cup.

Eoin Reddan is currently undergoing return-to-play protocols from a bang on the head against Glasgow on Friday night.

Cullen is confident the scrum-half will be fit and firing for Bath in The Champions Cup on Saturday.

However, the possibility of delayed symptoms means Reddan is not in the clear with Isaac Boss the obvious option.

In fact, it was the introduction of Boss that triggered Leinster's comeback against The Warriors, the veteran making a strong case for his inclusion this weekend.

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