Published: 13:45 | 7/10/20

Leavy comeback delayed

Leinster flanker Dan Leavy is almost fully recovered from a serious knee injury but still isn't ready to return to action.

The Ireland international suffered major damage to his knee in Leinster's Champions Cup quarter-final victory over Ulster in March last year and hasn't played since.

It was suggested that he might be involved towards the end of last season as he resumed full training, but that didn't happen and no date has been confirmed for his return.

However, Leinster backs coach Felipe Contepomi insists he hasn't suffered a setback and that his recovery remains on track.

"He's not had a setback," he said. 

"It's like when you are coming back from such an injury, you have to be 100% available to get back.

"It takes a long time and the last thing you want to do is hurry, go back one or two weeks earlier, go back and re-injure because it’s not only the physical injury but the mental side of that."

Leinster suffered a number of injuries in their 35-5 opening round victory over Dragons at the RDS last Friday, with Jonathan Sexton (hamstring) , Max Deegan (knee) and Ciaran Frawley (face) all forced off.

While Sexton suffered a minor nick and is expected to be fit for the resumption of the Six Nations on Saturday week, Deegan's injury looks more serious and he is set to undergo a scan this week, with Contepomi indicating that it could be mores serious.

Frawley is following return to play protocols and won't be considered for Leinster's game against Benetton on Saturday (LIVE on eir sport 1 from 5pm).  

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