Belfast Telegraph

Robbie Henshaw injury a blow: Lam

By John Fallon

Connacht coach Pat Lam is confident others will step forward and fill the void as he comes to terms with the loss of Robbie Henshaw for the next six weeks.

The Irish international suffered a fracture to his left hand in the closing stages of Saturday's 18-12 win over Munster at Thomond Park.

Lam said that the injury to the 22-year-old was a big loss but pointed out that his side are on an eight-match winning run and Henshaw had only been available for three of those. He marked his return from World Cup action to score a try against Treviso and also featured against Brive in the Challenge Cup before setting up the clinching try for Bundee Aki against Munster.

"After Bundee's try the kick-off went to Robbie and he went up in the air and there was a collision," said Lam.

"When he came down, he held his hand. We finished the play, and then straight after the game, we could see that it was blown up."

The Connacht coach, who takes his side to Cardiff this Friday and who will have Challenge Cup games against Newcastle Falcons before Irish derbies at home to Ulster and away to Leinster over the festive period, will also have to do without prop Denis Buckley (ankle sprain) and No.8 Eoghan Masterson (thumb) for the next three weeks.

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