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Rhys Ruddock to consult surgeon this week amid hamstring fears

Jonathan Sexton is no issue for Leinster’s medical team, while Adam Byrne and Ross Molony are due back in training at UCD this week.

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LEINSTER’S IN-FORM FLANKER Rhys Ruddock will see a surgeon this week after being helped off early with a hamstring injury during Leinster’s Champions Cup pool win over Exeter Chiefs.

The 27-year-old, who captained Ireland during the summer and for the clash against Fiji, was replaced by Josh van der Flier in the second half of the 8 – 18 win in Sandy Park.

While Leinster’s injury update merely stated that the flanker had suffered a hamstring injury, The Evening Herald today reported that Ruddock has suffered a grade three hamstring tear, and so there are concerns that he could be sidelined for the rest of the season.

Aside from the loss of Ruddock there was positive news on Leinster’s injury report at UCD today with Jonathan Sexton not even featured after a bang on his thigh brought Isa Nacewa on to kicking duty in Exeter.

Adam Byrne will return to full training this week having complained of pain in his knee since making his international debut in Ireland’s win over Argentina. Ross Molony will also return to on-field sessions as he steps up his recovery from a knee injury.

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