Tomás O'Leary in action for Montpellier. Inpho/Billy Stickland

Blow for Tomás O'Leary as knee injury sidelines him for 7 weeks

The 33-year-old will miss a number of key games for Montpellier.

TOMÁS O’LEARY IS facing seven weeks on the sidelines after sustaining a knee injury in Montpellier’s 21-9 Top 14 defeat to Racing 92 over the weekend.

The former Ireland scrum-half only joined the club three weeks ago as a medical joker, a player that is signed as an injury replacement, after Benoit Paillaugue was sidelined for four months.

O’Leary was left out of Munster’s European squad this season but featured in Montpellier’s 22-16 Champions Cup win over Leinster last month.

The 2009 Grand Slam winner has had a number of injuries during his career, including a serious back issue that required surgery four years ago and a broken ankle before the British and Irish Lions tour of South Africa in 2009.

O’Leary’s latest injury looks set to rule him out of four Top 14 matches for Montpellier, who are currently third in the table, and back-to-back Champions Cup fixtures against Castres Olympique next month.

The 33-year-old is likely to return to action at the end of December, when he will be just over halfway through his four-month deal in the south of France.

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