Kirchner out for up to three weeks

Date published: September 17 2014

Leinster head coach Matt O'Connor has said that full-back Zane Kirchner will miss two to three weeks of action with a hamstring injury.

Leinster head coach Matt O'Connor has revealed that versatile back Zane Kirchner will miss two to three weeks of action due to a hamstring injury.

O'Connor believes the South African, who can also play at wing or centre, is lucky not to miss more rugby and hopes to have him back soon.

“Zane Kirchner was forced off with a hamstring injury and he's going to be out for two to three weeks. It's just a tweak so we are lucky in that regard. Shane Jennings we replaced as he took a knock to the shoulder but it's nothing serious and he's fine,” he told Leinster's official website.

Meanwhile, back-row forward Sean O'Brien, who missed their impressive win over the Scarlets last weekend, is a possible returnee to face Connacht.

“Sean O'Brien took a bang on his ankle late last week so with a number of other players returning we felt it wasn't worth risking for the Scarlets game. We have been managing it ever since and will make a further call ahead of the team announcement on Thursday at midday,” he added before giving an update on hooker Richardt Strauss.

“Richardt is progressing really well and it was good to see him back involved with the rest of the group this week. He is still some weeks away but he has really stepped up his rehab.”