Leinster’s Fergus McFadden is set for a spell on the sidelines following news that he has sustained a high grade injury to his hamstring while training. The Ireland winger has played 4 out of the last six games in the Guinness Pro 14 but failed to start in the last two European Champions Cup games.
Hamstring injury is not new to McFadden as he sustained a hamstring injury last season in the final stages of the season picked up against Welsh side Scarlets in the Champions Cup last season. Speaking to the media Leinster Rugby said “Fergus McFadden sustained a high grade injury to his hamstring in training and is seeking an opinion from a specialist. Leinster coach Stuart Lancaster went on further to say” His injury is hugely disappointing because we all saw how hard he worked to get back, he is such a key component”.
However there was some good news for Leinster fans with news that Dan Leavy and Rob Kearney are expected to return to the the squad ahead of Saturday evening’s Pro 14 encounter with Italian side Treviso. Josh Van Der Flier is currently been assessed following a head injury in defeat in their champions Cup games last weekend. Lancaster speaking about the tough schedule ahead of the reigning Pro 14 and Champions Cup winners. He said “We are going to Italy, South Africa and France and Ireland have games around the corner”. He continued “Ireland have got a big game coming up and a lot of our boys are going to be leaving to play in Chicago so there will be changes against Treviso and against the Kings for that reason, as well as the bumps and bruises.”
Lancaster said the big changes will come against the Kings and noted that several of the younger players who have been playing in the Celtic Cup will be given game time which they won. He said that these players are game fit and hungry for the opportunity and it’s their chance to step up.
Leinster take on Treviso this Saturday in Italy at Stadio Monigo.