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Johnny Sexton Expected To Be Fit For Leinster’s Clash With Toulouse

Leinster coach, Stuart Lancaster has today confirmed that out-half Johnny Sexton is fit and in training ahead of the provinces crucial Champions Cup semi-final clash with Toulouse on Sunday.

Sexton has not played a competitive game of rugby since Ireland’s defeat to Wales in the final round of this year’s Six Nations. He was expected to start against Ulster three weeks ago in the Champions Cup quarter-final, however, he was ruled out late in the week.

The Leinster captain has not turned out for his side in 2019 but that is expected to change on Sunday as Lancaster today confirmed that Sexton returned to training last week and will train fully this week.

“He trained at the end of last week. We had a session on Thursday, the non-23 (for Glasgow) trained Friday, I took that session, and he trained in that fine. It’s good to get him back,

“It’s not like he’s been sat doing nothing. He’s analyzing, he’s been training last week, he looks in great condition aerobically as well as physically. The experience he can draw on, given the number of games he’s played, I’m confident he’ll come back in and be fine.

“The big advantage was that he trained and trained well (last week). It allowed him to get ahead of his preparation for this week as opposed to preparing for Glasgow.”

Lancaster is also confident that Robbie Henshaw will get through a full weeks training ahead of the tie while it was also confirmed that Devin Toner came through Saturday’s defeat to Glasgow without any hiccups.

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Tadhg Furlong was withdrawn from the action during the second half on Saturday but he is expected to train fully this week and will be available for selection against Toulouse.

Leinster face the French giants for the third time this season at the Aviva Stadium on Easter Sunday.

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