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Brian O'Driscoll hoping to be fit for Amlin decider, says Warren Gatland

And the Lions coach reckons BOD will make the flight to Oz.

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BRITISH AND IRISH Lions head coach Warren Gatland says he is not overly concerned by Brian O’Driscoll’s latest injury.

The Leinster talisman suffered a back injury during their RaboDirect PRO12 semi-final victory over Glasgow on Saturday.

Joe Schmidt’s side ensured they’ll face Ulster in the league decider at the RDS with a narrow 17-15 victory. But O’Driscoll limped out of the action after just 13 minutes, sparking speculation that he’d miss the end of the province’s season and the upcoming Lions tour.

Warren Gatland’s squad gathered in London this morning for the first time and O’Driscoll was the only absent player; but the head coach insists he’s confident the Irish centre will be on the plane to Australia.

“My information is that he just has to stay off his feet for 48 hours. [The back injury] is something that he’s had and sort of comes once a year at some stage. And it’s normally just an epidural to relieve the pain and get him on his feet. He’s hoping to be right for Friday for the Amlin final and fingers crossed everything will be okay for him.

“Normally at this time of the year everyone’s carrying something. Most of them could be ruled out for medical reasons for some bang or another. So you know, hopefully we’ll be lucky and at this stage we haven’t picked up anything too major.”

Leinster face Stade Francais at the RDS this weekend in the Amlin Challenge Cup final.

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