Robbie Henshaw’s disappointing Lions tour ended prematurely last week when he suffered what appeared to be a shoulder injury against the Hurricanes.
The Leinster man could have harboured genuine hopes of making Warren Gatland’s Test team with his rampaging playing style thought to be appealing to the Kiwi coach. However, he never really got going this summer and was confirmed to have left the squad last week after the ‘Canes clash.
Lions team doctor Eanna Falvey revealed at a press conference this morning that the 24-year-old had torn his pectoral muscle off the bone and will require surgery to re-attach it.
The centre now faces roughly four months on the sidelines and is now a doubt both for Leinster’s Champions Cup games in October as well as Ireland’s Tests against South Africa, Fiji and Argentina in November.
“That was a pretty significant injury so he’s completely avulsed the muscle from the bone and that (needs) to be re-attached to the bone and that’s usually about a sixteen-week recovery.
“He may do slightly better but that’s usually what we’re looking at in a situation like that.”
If the player can nail his recovery, it’s still very unlikely he could play any part in Leinster’s opening European fixtures but the international games should be a realistic goal for the Athlone-native. He’s become a key part of Joe Schmidt’s plans since his debut in the summer of 2013 and will be hoping to continue that form come November.