Leinster Issue Sean O’Brien Injury Update

Not ready yet.

The chances of Sean O’Brien playing in Ireland’s crucial round four Six Nations clash with Scotland have taken a blow with Leinster’s latest injury update.

O’Brien hasn’t played since Leinster’s Champions Cup win over Exeter back in December, and was forced to undergo minor surgery on an ongoing problem with his hip.

It was hoped O’Brien would return for Leinster against Scarlets this weekend, but it appears now that will not happen. Leinster coach Girvan Dempsey says he’s hoping O’Brien will be back in time for their return game after the break (after the Six Nations).

“Seanie’s made good progress,” Dempsey told RTÉ News.

“We’ll assess how he goes during the week but he upped his running volume last week and he’s making strides towards a return to play, which is great news for us.

“All I can say at this moment in time is he’s upped his volume last week. He’ll do more running today, if he comes through that then he’ll progress it tomorrow and we’re fortunate that it’s a long week into Saturday.

“It’s going to be very optimistic that he’ll be involved, if not this week, then definitely in our return game post the break. But I’d be very hopeful.”

Luckily for Ireland Dan Leavy is playing some fantastic rugby. But it’s still a blow not having a player of O’Brien’s quality in your team.