Dan Leavy still has a long road ahead of him in his recovery from a horrific knee injury he suffered last season.
The Leinster and Ireland star has been out of action since April when he damaged his ACL and MCL in Leinster’s win over Ulster in the quarter-final of the Champions Cup at the Aviva Stadium.
Leavy was introduced as a second-half substitute in that game having previously missed Ireland’s Six Nations campaign due to a calf problem.
The 25-year-old has subsequently gone under the knife twice in order to repair the damage and Leinster head coach Leo Cullen says the flanker still has a long road of recovery in front of him.
“Dan is making steady progress but it is going to be a long road for him,” Cullen said.
“He has had two different surgeries to repair his knee. The biggest one is probably the ACL repair, depending on the severity of them and how the rehab progress goes. He’ll be out for a good chunk of time but it’s very hard to predict at the moment.”
Leavy was immediately ruled out of the 2019 Rugby World Cup and it’s likely it won’t be until the second half of next season when Leavy will be back in the blue of Leinster.
Such a long absence from rugby can be difficult for any player but Cullen says that Leavy is using his time wisely off the field in order to broaden his horizons in addition to contributing to the playing group.
“He’s in with us at the moment. It’s important our guys use the time well, get busy outside of rugby as well. Dan is excellent in that regard and I know he has had a few different work experiences pieces he has put together for himself.
“It’s important for the lads to have something else that they can fall back on and we’ve tried to drive that message. Dan has been excellent in terms of just being around the place and still being able to contribute. He’s going to be a hugely important player and person for us in the group. He’s still very influential off the field as well.”