Ahead of Saturday’s GUINNESS PRO12 match against Cardiff Blues at the RDS (kick-off 3pm), Leinster scrum coach John Fogarty has issued an injury update to media in UCD.
John Fogarty confirmed that all 16 Leinster players involved with Ireland at the weekend would be assessed on a case by case basis before a final decision on selection or otherwise would be made for the visit of Cardiff.
There was positive news on a number of fronts as Tom Daly, who came through the Scarlets game with no issues, and Rory O’Loughlin, have both recovered from knee and AC joint injuries and should be available again for selection this week.
In further good news, Josh van der Flier (AC), Isa Nacewa (knee) and Sean Cronin (hamstring) all took part in training last week and were expected to step up their recovery again today ahead of further assessment later in the week.
There were also positive updates on Dave Kearney (toe) and Dominic Ryan (knee) who have both stepped up their recovery, although they will not be available for selection this week.
Rob Kearney (knee) and Jamie Heaslip (lower back) were also ruled out of selection this week due to injury.
Kearney picked up a knee injury in Ireland training last Tuesday and will see a specialist tomorrow, while Heaslip was a late withdrawal before the 13-9 win over England. Long-term absentee Jordi Murphy continues to rehab from his ACL injury.
Scrum coach Fogarty said: “We get to prep the way we want to when the travel days aren’t there. It’s a bit of an easier week when you’ve a home game. Everyone’s excited about an RDS game, we’ve scored a lot of tries there this season, so we want to perform well for our supporters.
“Cardiff are fighting hard for the top six, they’ve a lot to play for. We’re happy with how the weeks have gone, but we know how tough the run-in is for us. For us to make sure we keep picking up points to make sure we finish top is hugely important.
“There’s a huge hunger within the squad for us to be involved on big days at the end of the season. We want to make sure we get there and we want to make sure we do a good job.”
Tickets for the Leinster v Cardiff Blues round 18 clash are still on sale from Ticketmaster. They will also be available on match day from the ticket office located inside the Anglesea Road gate from 1.30pm.