Leinster full-back Rob Kearney has been ruled out for a couple of weeks with a knee injury he sustained against Glasgow Warriors two weeks ago.
Speaking to the media ahead of Friday’s PRO12 match against Ospreys at the RDS Arena, Leinster backs coach Girvan Dempsey provided an update on injuries.
Dempsey confirmed the news on the injury which kept Kearney on the sidelines during Leinster’s 33-20 win over Edinburgh at Murrayfield on the weekend.
“We’re hopeful that [Kearney] will be back before Europe,” said Dempsey.
“He’s strained his knee so he’s in a rehab programme at the moment. It’s gut-wrenching for him. He’d come back and he was like a new kid: re-energised, revitalised, back on the field, actually taking a lot of ownership in certain areas of our game, and moving really well.
“It’s just so disappointing for him to get that knock. He’s responded well to his initial rehab and we’re hopeful that he’ll be back sooner rather than later.”
Meanwhile, Dempsey also confirmed Johnny Sexton’s return to training saying that the fly-half’s availability for this Friday’s game would be determined later in the week.
“He’s gone well,” he added.
“He went through a good block of work last week in training and a couple of things to do in training today (Monday), but it all looks good. We’re delighted to have him back on board. He’s been excellent the whole way through pre-season.
“It’s been massively beneficial to have him around the club from the start of the season. Really excited to have him back on board.”
It was also confirmed that Rhys Ruddock has returned to training and will also be assessed later in the week ahead of the game against Ospreys on Friday night.
Fergus McFadden, who picked up a minor quad issue during the captain’s run ahead of the game against Glasgow Warriors on 10th September, wasn’t risked for the Edinburgh game. McFadden has returned to training and will be assessed later in the week.
Isa Nacewa made a try-scoring return on his 150th Leinster appearance at BT Murrayfield last Friday. The captain came through the game with no issues.
It has also been confirmed that Ross Byrne has sustained a mid-foot injury and is being assessed by the Leinster medical team this week.