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Leinster injury blow as Ireland international ruled out ahead of Ulster quarter-final

Josh Van Der Flier.
Josh Van Der Flier.

Leinster have suffered a significant injury blow as Ireland flanker Josh van der Flier has been ruled out for 12 weeks.

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The 25-year-old picked up a groin problem against France in the Six Nations and, having undergone surgery, he is almost certain to be out for the remainder of the season.

Leinster also look likely to be without centre Robie Henshaw, despite his recent return to training. He last played in Ireland's opening Six Nations defeat to England, missing the remainder of the championship, initially with a dead leg.

"Whatever way the tear in the muscle was, the dead leg was initially what the cause of concern was but there was a little bit more damage a bit deeper in," Leinster coach Leo Cullen explained to RTE.

"So it was a little bit unusual, probably, from initially the way it presented, obviously as a dead leg.

"He had a little minor procedure done but I couldn't get into the technicalities of that."

Leinster are also assessing the progress of out-half Ross Byrne, who was a late withdrawal ahead of the province's PRO14 loss to Edinburgh last weekend. Noel Reid and Sean Cronin are going through return to play protocols after suffering head injuries in the game.

Ulster have been left with their own injury headaches after their weekend win over Southern Kings came at a cost.

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