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Leavy nears return from injury nightmare



Dan Leavy

Dan Leavy

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Dan Leavy

Dan Leavy will be able to make a remarkable comeback from the horrific knee injury he suffered 12 months ago whenever rugby returns.

According to Leinster head of operations Guy Easterby, the Ireland flanker is near the end of his recovery period after suffering the devastating blow in last season's Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final win over Ulster.

"For Dan, he's done an unbelievable job along with Karl Denver, who has been the physio doing his rehabilitation with him," Easterby said.

"Committing like he has throughout the whole process, he's been fantastic. It was obviously a very significant injury.

"He isn't a million miles away at all and I think it's just the final pieces and making sure he's being kept in touch, building up his strength a bit more.

"He's getting the running under his belt and he's not getting a bad reaction to that, so I'd say it's very positive from Dan's end and I would expect when we can get back up and playing, it's more than likely he's going to be available at that time."

Leinster also issued injury news on a host of players. Jack Conan is fit again after the foot problem he suffered at the World Cup as are Rory O'Loughlin and Ed Byrne, but Garry Ringrose (hand), Cian Healy (hip), Vakh Abdaladze (back) and Conor O'Brien (hamstring) are all still at various phases of recovery.

Belfast Telegraph