Kearney faces lengthy spell out
October 24, 2012
Rob Kearney faces six to ten weeks out © Getty Images
Ireland have been hit with a massive blow ahead of the autumn internationals with the news that star fullback Rob Kearney has been ruled out with a back injury.
Kearney's injury requires surgery and he could be out of action for up to 10 weeks. The British & Irish Lion played for Leinster against Connacht back on September 28 in what was his first appearance of the season but he only last 32 minutes. And following an injury sustained in that match, he is now a major doubt for Leinster's matches against Clermont Auvergne in December.
The province are currently two from two in their Heineken Cup group but Clermont have made a perfect start to the tournament with two bonus point victories. While Kearney faces a race against time to play in those two matches, he will definitely miss Ireland's November Tests. Coach Declan Kidney revealed that Kearney's operation was viewed as a last resort, but he was left with no other alternative.
"Rob's having surgery tomorrow (Thursday) so that will take him out for eight to 10 weeks, so we wish him a speedy recovery," Kidney said. "We just learned yesterday (Tuesday) that he was going to have the surgery. The medics will always do everything they can to avoid interventions to the body so they'll look at all other avenues of care first.
"They've been trying but with little success, so it was decided yesterday that we must cut our cloth here."
And the news does not get much better for Leinster coach Joe Schmidt. Isa Nacewa is also injured and faces a spell of between four to six weeks out after breaking his hand against the Scarlets. It is likely that Ian Madigan will keep the No.15 shirt for their RaboDirect PRO12 game against the Cardiff Blues at the weekend after he slotted in there for their match with the Scarlets on Saturday.
© ESPN EMEA Ltd
"Wayne Barnes' decision to give Dylan Hartley his marching orders was brave but crucially it was the correct call." Graham Jenkins reports from the Premiership final
"We wanted to get the rugby spirit across to people, I firmly believe we have been in the thick of it." Tom Hamilton speaks to the ESPN crew on the final live broadcast
With the Lions' tour to Australia fast-approaching, ESPN's Austin Healey and Mark Durden-Smith sat down to share their memories of the 2001 trip Down Under
"The fans could not be happier with the opposition and it adds an exciting element to a game that is shaping up as a thriller." Ben Kay previews the Premiership final showdown