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Leinster's Conan out for two months as captain Nacewa nears return

The back row has had a cruel run of injuries in recent times.

LEINSTER HAVE CONFIRMED that back row Jack Conan will be sidelined for two months after undergoing ankle surgery.

Jack Conan with Jakob Stockdale Conan makes an offload against Ulster in pre-season. Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

The once-capped Ireland international suffered the ankle injury in the pre-season friendly against Gloucester in Tallaght on 20 August, and underwent an operation to remedy the issue last week.

Conan had a desperately unlucky season in 2015/16, with a broken bone in his foot sidelining him for 10 weeks, before he returned to training and broke a bone in his other foot to keep him out for a further four weeks.

The number eight was impressive in the pre-season win over Gloucester, carrying the ball powerfully after being named captain, but he hobbled off injured in the second half and now faces an eight-week recovery following surgery.

More positively for Leinster, squad captain Isa Nacewa and Ireland wing Dave Kearney are both nearing returns after respective arm and AC joint injuries.

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A statement from Leinster says that both players have resumed contact training and “will be assessed later in the week” ahead of the clash with Glasgow Warriors in the Guinness Pro12 on Saturday.

Second row Ian Nagle will be out of action for “a few weeks” after suffering a shoulder injury in the pre-season defeat to Bath.

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