Leinster back coach Girvan Dempsey has given an injury update ahead of next Saturday’s trip to Swansea to face the Ospreys in the GUINNESS PRO12 (kick-off 3pm).
Girvan Dempsey confirmed that a number of players made successful returns from injury at the weekend with both the Leinster senior and ‘A’ teams.
Hooker Sean Cronin came off the bench for Leinster ‘A’ away to Ulster ‘A’ in Banbridge on Friday evening, scoring a try in the process as he made his return from a hamstring injury.
In the Champions Cup quarter-final win over Wasps in the Aviva Stadium, both Jack Conan and Zane Kirchner came through the game with no issues having missed the GUINNESS PRO12 win against Cardiff Blues with calf and hamstring trouble respectively.
Dempsey also said that while Jonathan Sexton received treatment for a shoulder injury, he was not a concern and completed the 80 minutes against Wasps without issue.
Rhys Ruddock missed the European clash with a slight calf strain but Dempsey is hopeful that he can return to full training this week ahead of selection for the PRO12 round 19 match away to the Ospreys. Dave Kearney (toe) and Dominic Ryan (knee) are also expected to step up their training load this week ahead of further assessment.
However, there was further bad news for Rob Kearney who is already out with a knee issue. He underwent an operation last Wednesday on his bicep and will be out for a number of weeks with that injury, while Cathal Marsh was withdrawn from the Leinster ‘A’ warm-up on Friday and will now be unavailable for three weeks with a quad strain.
The only injury from the 32-17 victory over Wasps was the low grade hamstring strain suffered by winger Adam Byrne during the first half which rules out the Kildare man from selection this week. Dempsey is hopeful that he will be available for selection for the Connacht game in round 20.