Published: 11:56 | 5/5/21

Ruddock adds to lengthy Leinster injury list

Leinster will be without Rhys Ruddock for between four and six weeks due to a calf injury.

The back row suffered the injury in the first half of last weekend's Champions Cup defeat to La Rochelle and looks set to miss a sizeable chunk of the province's Rainbow Cup campaign which continues against Connacht at The Sportsground this Saturday (LIVE on eir sport 1 from 7.15pm)

The Ireland international, who has shown some excellent form this season, joins a growing injury list which includes captain Jonathan Sexton, Caelan Doris and Harry Byrne. 

Sexton is unlikely to be fit for the trip to Galway as he continues his recovery from a head injury, while Doris is doubtful after suffering a calf strain in the warm-up ahead of the defeat to Munster in round one.

Byrne faces another three or four weeks on the sidelines as he recovers from a hamstring injury sustained early on in the game against Munster.

Scrum-half Jamison Gibson-Park and utility back Jimmy O’Brien are close to a return, but Will Connors (knee), Jack Dunne (ankle), Adam Byrne (quad), Dan Leavy (knee), Conor O’Brien (knee) and Max Deegan (knee) remain sidelined.

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