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Boost For Leinster As Joe Tomane Returns Ahead Of European Back-To-Backs

Joe Tomane

Leinster have received a boost with the news that centre Joe Tomane has returned to full training this week ahead of the trip to Franklin’s Gardens to take on the Northampton Saints in the third round of the Heineken Champions Cup.

Tomane has been missing since injuring his hamstring during the Captain’s Run ahead of Leinster’s opening European clash with Benetton at the RDS just over a fortnight ago.

However, the 29-year-old is now available for the upcoming back-to-back European clashes with the current Premiership leaders.

Joe Tomane
Joe Tomane

Elsewhere, Fergus McFadden made a successful return from an elbow problem in the win over the Glasgow Warriors in the PRO14 at the weekend and is available for selection.

Josh Murphy will follow the Graduated Return To Play Protocols this week after the flanker was removed with a head injury during the win at Scotstoun on Saturday.

Peter Dooley was also withdrawn in that game with a knee injury and he will be assessed by the medical staff this week.

Tomane’s return is also a boost considering Rory O’Loughlin remains absent with a shoulder problem but the centre will increase his training load this week as he looks to make a return in the coming weeks.

Ireland international Seán Cronin remains unavailable as he continues to recover from the neck injury he picked up during the World Cup.

Joe Tomane
Sean Cronin

Leinster take on the Northampton Saints on Saturday (KO 1pm) before welcoming the English side to the Aviva Stadium a week later.

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Author: Sean McMahon

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