McFadden out for six weeks

Date published: October 6 2014

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Leinster will be without Fergus McFadden for up to six weeks after he suffered an ankle strain in Saturday’s loss to Munster.

Leinster will be without Fergus McFadden for up to six weeks after he suffered an ankle strain in Saturday’s loss to Munster.

The versatile three-quarter was forced off after just 14 minutes of the derby defeat, and will now miss the start of Leinster’s European campaign.

He is also unlikely to feature for Ireland in the November Tests however Leinster boss Matt O’Connor revealed that he had expected worse when he first saw the injury.

“Ferg obviously was a pretty high-profile departure; he’s reported significantly better than we had hoped post-game,” said O’Connor.

“And it looks like a pretty significant ankle strain which will tie him down for about six weeks, but no surgery or other intervention which is really positive.

“He didn’t look in a great place and you always fear the worst when guys are stretchered off the field with a lower leg injury.

“He’s recovered quite well and the scan results were positive, so it’s crack on now with the rehab and try and get him back out on the park as quickly as possible.”

Meanwhile fellow back Luke Fitzgerald is getting closer to a return for the province although he will need at least a fortnight once he returns to training because he has been out for such a long time with a groin problem, having not played since March.

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