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Published: 09:52 | 3/5/16

Healy's season could be over

Cian Healy's season looks to be over because of a series of niggling injuries.

Healy was almost ruled out of the Rugby World Cup das he recovered from neck surgery and he continues to be troubled by issues relating to the operation, while he has also struggled with a knee injury.

The prop had been expected to feature in the Ireland squad for the forthcoming tour of South Africa, but he was a notable absentee from Leinster's match-day 23 for the defeat to Ulster at the weekend and scrum coach John Fogarty admits the 28-year-old may not play again this season.

"Cian came off the Six Nations, which is a long season, and there’s a few niggles that need to be seen to so that he can return to playing the way he can," Fogarty explained.

"That’s what’s happening . . . looking into a little bit of knee and a little bit of neck stuff so that he can be firing on all cylinders.

"We don’t want to just keep trucking him. We want to make sure that those are resolved, so that he can be back to the way he can play. I think Cian is on board with that. That’s what’s happening . . . they are a recurring injury that need to be dealt with."

Healy was part of the 44-man Ireland squad that gathered together recently, but Fogarty does not know if he will be available for the summer tour to South Africa.

"That’s something for medics with Ireland, medics with Leinster, the coaching and the management," Fogarty said.

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