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Leinster not ruling Ryan, Leavy and Furlong out of returns against Munster

The tighthead prop has been dealing with a back issue in recent weeks.
Aug 31st 2020, 1:33 PM 9,616 21

LEINSTER HAVE NOT ruled out returns for James Ryan and Dan Leavy from injury for Friday night’s Guinness Pro14 semi-final against Munster at the Aviva Stadium, while tighthead prop Tadhg Furlong remains a doubt due to a back injury.

Ryan suffered a shoulder injury during pre-season and subsequently underwent surgery but has made a swift recovery and featured in the warm-up before Leinster’s win over Ulster at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday evening.

dan-leavy Dan Leavy during Leinster's warm-up on Saturday evening. Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Leinster’s latest injury update says the Ireland international lock “will be further assessed this week before a final decision is made on his involvement against Munster.”

Leavy is in the same bracket, having also featured in Saturday’s warm-up as he nears his return from the long-term and complicated knee injury he suffered last year in the Champions Cup quarter-final win against Ulster.

It would still be a surprise if Leavy is launched straight back into action in a semi-final encounter but Leinster say they will make a final decision on his availability later this week.

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Meanwhile, Ireland prop Furlong’s fitness remains uncertain due to the back injury that has prevented him from featuring in Leinster’s restarted season over the last two weekends.

james-ryan-and-hugh-hogan James Ryan and Hugh Hogan at the Aviva Stadium last weekend. Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Leinster say Furling is due to be “reviewed later this week regarding involvement against Munster following his return from a back injury.”

Rhys Ruddock will be available after coming through his return from a quadriceps injury against Ulster unscathed.

Wing Fergus McFadden has stepped up his rehabilitation from a calf injury and is now back running but he won’t be fit for Friday night, while Dave Kearney has also been ruled out with his hamstring injury.

Adam Byrne [hamstring], Conor O’Brien [hamstring], and Vakh Abdaladze [back] are all still facing several months of rehabilitation from their injuries. 

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