Leinster & Ireland Star Ruled Out Of Crucial St. Stephen’s Day Clash With Munster
Rob Kearney has been ruled out of Leinster’s Guinness Pro12 clash with Munster at Thomond Park on St. Stephen’s Day.
The Ireland and Lions fullback was withdrawn in the second half in the Irish province’s bonus-point win over Northampton Saints in the Champions Cup, at Franklin’s Gardens on December 9th with an ankle injury.
Loosehead Cian Healy and centre Noel Reid on the other hand have both been passed fit for the top of the table clash with their interprovincial rivals.
Healy was taken off for a Head Injury Assessment in the 77th minute this past weekend in the game against Northampton at the Aviva, as a precaution on the back of touchline video review by the Leinster medical team, but the injury was not in fact a head injury and no HIA was required.
Reid was introduced as a second-half substitute against the Saints after coming back from a foot problem and will also be in contention for a the match-day squad.
Outhalf Joey Carbery had an operation on his ankle last week and will be out of action for six weeks, while there is still no definitive date set for Johnny Sexton’s return.
The Ireland number 10 will again be out in Sports Surgery Clinic in Santry this week and is being “monitored closely” as he continues his rehabilitation from a hamstring injury suffered against the All Blacks.