Carefully planned return for Sexton

Date published: December 3 2016

Leinster boss Leo Cullen has insisted that there will be no rushing Johnny Sexton back into action after his latest injury.

Sexton picked up a hamstring injury in the loss to New Zealand in Dublin a few weeks ago at the end of a tough year when he also been sidelined by shoulder and another hamstring issue.

The 31-year-old is now likely to miss a month, but given his recent injury record and the emergence of young talent Joey Carbery at fly-half for both Leinster and Ireland, Cullen admits there is no rush.

“It’s just to try and get his body right,” Cullen told the Irish Examiner.

“It’s about trying to make sure next time he comes back and plays, whenever that may be, he’s in the best possible shape.

“There’s a lot of joined-up thinking. He’s one of the key assets in Irish rugby, one of the most important guys. But at the end of the day, the most important thing is what’s best for Johnny.

“There has been several discussions. What we’re trying to get to the bottom is, we just want to know what’s right for Johnny, how do we make him stronger and more resilient.

“I hear talk about his resilience and his injury profile, but you think of the amount of games he has played, roughly 250. It’s a lot of games.

“If he takes a week or takes three or four weeks, whatever the case may be, we’ll just do what’s right by Johnny,”

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