Leinster rugby has been rocked by the news that captain Isa Nacewa has been sidelined due to a knee injury that required surgery this week.
Having missed the provinces Pro 12 contest with Treviso last weekend, the Kiwi visited a specialist who recommended that surgery was the best course of action. With the procedure complete, Leinster head coach Leo Cullen is optimistic about the prognosis of the veteran back.
Speaking to The42.ie, Cullen revealed,
“We were fearing the worst but the damage is not as bad as we first feared.
“When a guy flares up at training, and you send them to see a specialist, you are always fearing the worst. But they were pretty happy that it was minor in the end.”
Whilst there is no definite date outlined for the captain’s return, Cullen has been relaxed enough to extol much praise on the player who retired in 2013, only to return to play with the province in 2015.
“He is a model professional, he keeps telling me he wants to play until he is 40.
“We are talking about a couple of weeks unless there is a set-back so there are no worries about his availability for the Champions Cup quarter-final date with Wasps.”
Fans will now be hoping that Cullen is indeed correct and that the talismanic back will make a speedy recovery ahead of the winner takes all clash with Wasps on April 1st at the Aviva stadium.
Gary Brennan, Pundit Arena
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