Sexton on road to recovery

Date published: December 28 2016

Leinster are hopeful fly-half Johnny Sexton will be fit enough to play in their New Year’s Eve match against Ulster at the weekend.

“Johnny trained fully (on Tuesday),” Leinster coach Leo Cullen told the Irish Times.

“He looked pretty good out there so we are pretty hopeful he will come through the week. Johnny was full of life today. He is keen to get back involved as soon as possible.”

Sexton has been sidelined since tearing both his hamstrings while playing for Ireland in November.

Leinster have little to no control of their starting Ireland players as they are plucked in and out of their training base.

“Yeah, and that’s the case with some of the national players and with the Irish medical team as well,” said Cullen.

“He is a nationally contracted player. We want to try and do what’s best for Johnny. He’s dying to get back involved now at this stage because it has been a frustrating period for him being on the sideline watching his team-mates playing in Europe and on the weekend as well. But he looked sharp out there today.”