Leinster head coach Leo Cullen has issued a squad update ahead of his side’s Guinness PRO14 meeting with Ospreys at the RDS Arena on Friday.
Cullen confirmed that flanker Sean O’Brien who came off with an arm injury in Ireland’s win over Argentina will miss between 8 and 12 weeks after undergoing a surgical procedure.
The injury forced O’Brien out of Ireland’s victory over the All Blacks on Saturday and is another blow for the Tullow native who has suffered a number of injury setbacks over the last few years.
Another man who missed Ireland’s win over the All Blacks, as well as the game against Argentina, is centre Robbie Henshaw with Cullen outlining that he is undergoing a period of rehabilitation for a hamstring strain and will be out for a period of four to six weeks.
Dan Leavy will also not be available for selection this weekend against Ospreys due to a neck strain he suffered with the Irish camp last week, with the flanker currently undergoing a period of rehabilitation for that injury.
The injury setbacks, most notably the lengthy ones to Henshaw and O’Brien will come as a big blow for Cullen and Leinster who last week confirmed that Joe Tomane would be out for five months with a hamstring injury.
Cullen did not issue any injury updates on Fergus McFadden (hamstring), Rory O’Loughlin (knee), Will Connors (ACL) and Barry Daly (knee).