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Dublin: 6 °C Thursday 24 January, 2019

Leinster wait on Sexton, O'Brien and Nacewa ahead of Glasgow trip

The trio are all doubts for the round two clash at Scotstoun.

Sexton's fitness will be assessed later today.
Sexton's fitness will be assessed later today.

LEINSTER HAVE PROVIDED no further update on the fitness of several key players ahead of Saturday’s Champions Cup trip to Glasgow, but both Richardt Strauss and Dan Leavy are back in training.

Leo Cullen said he was ‘reasonably optimistic’ of having Johnny Sexton and Sean O’Brien back fit for the round two clash at Scotstoun, and the province’s latest injury added nothing new other than confirming they remain major doubts.

Sexton missed Leinster’s Pool 3 win over Montpellier at the RDS on Saturday with a dead leg and will be monitored today and tomorrow before a final decision on his availability is made.

Girvan Dempsey says the out-half has, however, progressed ‘really, really quickly’.

Similarly, the medical staff are assessing the fitness of O’Brien after the flanker missed Leinster’s last two games with a calf problem he sustained in his first appearance of the season against Edinburgh.

Leinster say O’Brien ‘hasn’t recovered as quickly as we would have liked’ while Isa Nacewa is also a doubt for this weekend after being withdrawn during the first half of Leinster’s opener with an ankle problem.

Rory O’Loughlin (dead leg) is also a doubt for Glasgow but James Ryan came through his European debut unscathed.

Strauss continued his recovery from a knee injury last weekend after coming off the bench to play 40 minutes for Leinster A and both he and Dan Leavy, who has missed the last couple of weeks with an ankle issue, have resumed full training.

There was no further update on the rehabilitation of long-term absentees Rob Kearney (hamstring), Jamie Heaslip (lower back), Tom Daly (knee), Ian Nagle (pectoral muscle) and Garry Ringrose (shoulder).

Leinster didn’t train outdoors today due to the severe weather sweeping the country.

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