Sean O’Brien looks like missing Leinster’s Champions Cup semi-final, and the rest of the season.
The flanker is a major doubt for Saturday’s clash with the Scarlets after being taken off with a shoulder issue during their defeat to Benetton.
It’s thought O’Brien has suffered a recurrence of the issue that’s curtailed him to just six games this season.
Surgery on the cards?
A piece from Murray Kinsella on The42.ie earlier today also suggests O’Brien may require surgery to rectify the issue, which would ultimately end his campaign.
The Tullow native played no part in Ireland’s Grand Slam-winning 6 Nations campaign though has returned to action with Leinster in recent weeks.
While his withdrawal against Benetton on Saturday was disappointing, he appeared on the sidelines on Sunday for his home club Tullow who marched into the final’s of this year’s Provincial Towns Cup.
O’Brien’s injury will be further assessed this week ahead of selection for Leinster’s home semi-final clash with Scarlets.
Richardt Strauss, also injured against Benetton will not feature against Scarlets. Elsewhere, Jack Conan returns to training this week while Rhys Ruddock (hamstring) and Luke McGrath (ankle) will also be assessed before the weekend’s selection.
We’ll have full coverage of Leinster v Scarlets too with thanks to Arboretum Home & Garden Heaven and Murphy Facility Solutions. Kick-off at the Aviva is 3.30pm on Saturday.