Leicester Tigers’ Dominic Ryan To Step Down For 12 Weeks Due To Concussion

Former Leinster and Ireland international, Dominic Ryan, will be sidelined for the next 12 weeks due to concussion.

Ryan, who has one cap for Ireland and who joined the club from Leinster during the summer last played for the Tigers in their dramatic victory over Harlequins at Twickenham Stoop two weeks ago.

In that game, Ryan was removed from the field of play to conduct a HIA and was replaced by Luke Hamilton. Ryan didn’t return after his assessment and it was at that moment that the problem surrounding concussion symptoms arose.

A club source told Pundit Arena that the concussion was not a result of an injury he picked up against Northampton Saints on September 9 when he tackled George North, as reported by other publications this afternoon. During that game, Ryan was badly winded and did not suffer an injury to his head.

The Tigers’ head coach, Matt O’Connor, told the Leicester Mercury today that due to the head knock he received against Quins and the head injuries he sustained before he arrived at the club, the decision has been made to remove the player from selection, as is standard procedure.

“Dominic had a couple of head knocks before he got here and then he picked up a head knock while he was here, so it has been decided to stand him down for three months which is standard procedure at the moment,” O’Connor said.

“He is a little bit frustrated by that because he was just starting to understand the furniture at a new club but his welfare is paramount and we will look forward to having him back around Christmas.”

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