Following on from the knee injury that centre Robbie Henshaw sustained in Ireland’s second test with South Africa in last month’s test series, it appears now that the recently signed Connacht recruit is set to miss the beginning of Leinster’s 2015/16 campaign with the duration of his absence looking set for a period beyond Leinster’s opening two games in the European Champions Cup in October.
Having just returned from his summer holidays in Barbados, Henshaw’s leg is still protected in a brace as doctor’s have informed the player that the torn knee cartilage suffered in the Springboks series loss will take some time to heal due to the serious nature of such an injury.
With a duration of four months looking most likely for Henshaw, then it would appear that the Connacht native will have no role to play either in Leinster’s start of season aspirations or Ireland’s November internationals, including a match with the All Blacks in Chicago’s Soldier Field american football stadium.
When asked for his thoughts regarding the chances of lining in out Leinster’s opening games Henshaw stated: (via irishtimes.com)
“No I don’t think that is going to happen, after I got the scan they told me it would be between three or four months so . . . I will be looking at the end of September, October.
“It’s not an ideal start for me. I was pretty shocked to hear it when it happened. It’s one of my first big enough lower limb injuries so it’s not ideal and starting with a new club you want to make a massive impact from the get-go. The only thing I can do is do the best I can to recover and get back.”
Not an ideal beginning for his Leinster career as the province gears up for what promises to be an extremely challenging European Champions Cup group campaign having been drawn along the likes of Montpellier, Castres and Northampton. However the 23-year old was somewhat prepared for this as it was evident to him at the time of the injury sustained that it was a serious one:
“Yes. I knew straight away there was something wrong,” he said. “I felt something go and I couldn’t straighten it. I tried to get up and kinda walk it off or run it off but it wasn’t allowing me and I knew it wasn’t good.”
With the departure of Ben Te’o to Aviva Premiership side Worcester Warriors and the injury to Henshaw, the centre position will most certainly be an area of concern for the Leinster management as the province will look to make their mark on the season’s opening.