Leinster head coach Leo Cullen has issued an injury update following last Friday’s GUINNESS PRO12 semi-final defeat to the Scarlets.
Garry Ringrose took a knock to his knee late in the game but is not of concern at this stage and he will be assessed further by the Ireland medical team next week.
Scrum half Luke McGrath was removed for a head injury assessment in the first half and did not return to play following the assessment. He has entered the return-to-play protocols this week and will be assessed further by the Ireland medical team next week.
Finally, Rhys Ruddock was also removed for a head injury assessment in the second half, and like McGrath, did not return to play. Ruddock has entered the return-to-play protocols this week and will be assessed further by the Ireland medical team next week.
Meanwhile, at a media event in Carton House today, British & Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland spoke about the fitness of Leinster’s Jack McGrath, Sean O’Brien and Jonathan Sexton as the start of the New Zealand tour fast approaches.
McGrath, who had his elbow strapped after injurying his right arm during the early stages of the Scarlets game, is ‘fine’ according to Gatland who confirmed: “He had an X-ray (on his arm injury) and it’s clear, just some bruising.”
He added: “I think Sean O’Brien is probably more concerned that we are, in terms of he is frustrated because he felt he probably overloaded himself last week with the amount of training he did in preparing for the game (against the Scarlets), considering he hadn’t had a lot of rugby.
“He probably needed to take a little more time easing into it. We’re making sure we take time in easing him into it properly. Having chatted to him, he feels confident he’s going to be 100%. The scan (on his calf injury) came back pretty good, so we’re happy.”
On Sexton, who underwent a head injury assessment following Leinster’s semi-final loss, Gatland said: “Johnny had no symptoms on the HIA, there was no concussion from that, so we’re expecting him to take a good part in training tomorrow and then later in the week.”