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Cian Healy set for up to five months out after hamstring surgery

The Leinster and Ireland prop underwent hamstring surgery today.

Healy will miss the November Test for Ireland and now faces a race to be fit for the Six Nations in 2015.
Healy will miss the November Test for Ireland and now faces a race to be fit for the Six Nations in 2015.
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CIAN HEALY WILL be sidelined for four to five months after hamstring surgery, Leinster coach Matt O’Connor has confirmed.

That time frame rules him out of Ireland’s November Test series, while also putting his involvement in the 2015 Six Nations in doubt. Furthermore, it means he will not play in the Champions Cup pool stages for Leinster this season.

The Ireland international loosehead picked up the injury in training this week, with Leinster’s initial assessment suggesting that Healy would miss just four weeks.

However, following an operation on the 26-year-old today, Leinster and Ireland are facing up to an extended period without the services of the prop.

Cian had surgery on that hamstring today, so he’ll be out for sort of four or five months,” said O’Connor after Leinster’s 37-23 win over the Cardiff Blues at the RDS this evening.

“We didn’t know how significant it was and they’ve had to repair the hamstring, so that’s the time frame they’re talking about at the moment.”

O’Connor compared the injury to the one sustained by hooker Richardt Strauss in recent times, although with a “different mechanism.”

The Australian coach also confirmed that Rob Kearney was substituted at half-time of the win over the Blues due to a dead leg.

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