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Leinster Receive Huge Champions Cup Final Boost As Racing 92 Suffer Injury Blow

The countdown is well and truly on for Bilbao where Leinster and Racing 92 will face off in the Champions Cup final.

These two sides will go toe-to-toe in just two weeks time and it should be an epic occasion in the Spanish city.

Leinster go into that game with a two-week break whereas Racing 92 have to play a Top 14 fixture next weekend against Agen at the U-Arena.

If that wasn’t already a disadvantage, Racing have been hit with a double injury blow ahead of the final with the news that Maxime Machenaud and Dimitri Szarzewski will miss the final.

The scrum-half, who has been nominated for European Player Of The Season, ruptured knee ligaments in his side’s win over Bordeaux Begles at the weekend.

Machenaud has had an incredible season for both club and country. He has proven to be world-class from the tee but more importantly, his ability to run his backline has been exceptional this season and his threat from the base of the ruck will be sorely missed in Bilbao.

Dimitri Szarzewski has also been ruled out after undergoing an operation on a torn bicep which has ruled him out for the rest of the season.

It certainly is a damaging blow for Racing 92 and it only reinforces Leinster’s favourites tag for the final.

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Author: Sean McMahon

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