There is some good news today for Leinster Rugby fans ahead of their match in the PRO 12 against Ulster, it’s been confirmed that Out Half, Johnny Sexton could make his return for the derby match which will be played in the RDS on Saturday. There were worries over the Ireland international’s long time future after he damaged his hamstring against new Zealand. However the indications now are that he is well on the road to recovery. The news will also come a s a major boost to the Irish Squad with the Six nations championship just around the corner.
Leinster were defeated by Munster last weekend while Ulster overcame a weakened Connacht team in Belfast. However Leo Cullen fielded a weakened side at Thomond Park, resting the likes of Sean O’Brien, Jamie Heaslip and Josh Van Der Flier amongst others. The home side ran out 29-17 and Leinster fell to third in the league table.
Ahead of the weekend, Leinster coach Leo Cullen provided a positive injury update regarding full-back Rob Kearney and out-half Johnny Sexton.
Sexton is still being monitored at the Sports Surgery Clinic in Santry but will “be reintroduced back into the rugby programme this week.”
The Ireland number 10 also trained with the squad in UCD earlier this week, as did Kearney, and a decision on their participation in the match-day squad is expected soon.
Speaking ahead of the match against Ulster, Cullen said: “sometimes when you lose a game you just want to get back out there as soon as possible. With a five day turnaround, a lot of our frustrations from our own part from the weekend – it will be good to be back in the RDS.
“We’re in the RDS on Saturday, on Friday, on the following Friday so we want to make it a really strong place for teams to come – so hopefully we’ll get a lot of backing from our supporters.
“We’ve talked about this block going to define our season. A seven game block, we’re three games into it now, four games to go…we will see where we’re placed after that,” he added.
The game against Ulster on Saturday is also sold out.