Dave Kearney to miss Champions Cup semi-final after another injury setback
Leinster rugby star Dave Kearney has suffered yet another injury setback which will see him miss out on the province’s European Champions Cup semi-final match against Clermont on Saturday.
The 27-year-old will miss the game with the French side after picking up an ankle injury against Connacht at the weekend.
Kearney was withdrawn after just seven minutes of the first half and required oxygen. The Willville man will now await further assessment before learning the true extent of his latest injury.
The former Cooley Kickhams footballer has made just seven starts since suffering from a previous ankle injury in Leinster’s Pro 12 final defeat at Murrayfield last May.
Commenting on the injury today, Leinster coach Stuart Lancaster said: “I was gutted for him really because what people don’t see is the work he has put in to get fit again.
“The injury, the recovery, the rehab and the time on his own with the physios and strength and conditioning coaches. I personally was gutted for him because I haven’t really worked with him over the last 12 months.
“It’s going to keep him out for a few weeks now and it’s a real shame for him.
“He’s devastated really, he had put so much hard work in and he was fighting to get in that European squad and now he’s back on the physio bed.
“He’ll be back though, he’s still a young player and there’s a long way to go in his career.”
Dave’s older brother Rob is also set to miss the game. He will also find out tomorrow whether he will make the squad for the British and Irish Lions tour once again.