Sadly it seems that injury has put pay to the rest of the season for flanker Josh van der Flier as he will miss the remain Leinster games. Bonusbets.com looks at the unfortunate run of luck for Flier and other members of the squad.
Josh was injured during the Six Nations game when Ireland took on France at the beginning of March. He picked up an injury to the groin that required surgery and according to Leo Cullen, the Leinster boss he will now have to miss the rest of the season.
There is also doubt over Robbie Henshaw when the team face off in the European Champions Cup quarter-final against Ulster on Saturday. Cullen has confirmed that the centre player from Connacht is also highly doubtful following a slow healing leg injury although he has been able to resume some training but cannot be classed as match fit at this stage. Henshaw has been in the UK to see a specialist and also had a pretty lousy run having not played since the Ireland v England Six Nations game which Ireland lost.
“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. 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.”
There has been a lot of injuries lately, but there is hope that both centre Noel Reid and hooker Sean Cronin will be able to return to the pitch but will have to undergo testing required after all head injuries. Both players were injured when the team lost to Glasgow in the Pro14, but there is hope that they might be fit enough to rejoin the squad.
Ulster is down by three men at the moment with three in-match injuries occurring when the team won against Southern Kings. Sadly Marty Moore, Darren Cave and Louis Ludik were all injured with a head injury, a rib injury and a leg injury respectively. Hopefully, a positive update will be released from the club soon at some if not all of them will be back.
Another injured player is Iain Henderson who sprained his knee when Ireland took on France in the penultimate Six Nations fixture, so his place is also not secured at this point as it will depend on how well he can recover.
With Cave missing it looks likely that Luke Marshall an Ireland Centre could be booked fitter sooner than expected. He hasn’t been fit to play since last May after a nasty cruciate ligament injury, but with so many key players out he might find himself called up. He has been back in training but was not expected to play a match yet. Finally, Will Addison is also likely to miss out on the European quarter-final play as he has still not recovered from the back injury he sustained in January.