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Injury concern for Reddan & Kearney
24 Jan 2015 23:11
Dave Kearney and Eoin Reddan are likely to miss the start of Ireland's Six Nations title defence after suffering injuries as Leinster squeaked through to the Champions Cup quarter-finals at Wasps.
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Wasps rallied for a 20-20 draw with 14 points in the final quarter and now their hopes of reaching the last eight rest on results elsewhere across the weekend.
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Wing Kearney picked up a "significant" shoulder problem after being upended while in mid-air by Wasps flanker Ashley Johnson, who received a yellow card for the challenge.
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Scrum-half Reddan trudged off with knee ligament damage as Leinster blew a comfortable lead, and head coach Matt O'Connor admitted both Reddan and Kearney are doubts for Ireland's Six Nations opener in Italy on 7 February.
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"Dave has got a bang on his shoulder. It's significant and he could be out for several weeks," O'Connor said. "Eoin Reddan has a medial strain on his knee."
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Johnson was fortunate to escape a red card for upending the airborne Kearney after just 24 seconds of the match.
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Leinster boss O'Connor acknowledged the Wasps flanker could easily have faced harsher punishment.
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"The frustration for us is we lose a bloke for 80 minutes; they lose a bloke for 10 minutes," he said. "Now that doesn't make sense to me, but I haven't seen the incident again.
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"I don't know whether it was right or wrong. A bloke takes a guy out illegally, and we lose a guy which compromises the bench, and they lose a bloke for 10 minutes.
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"There is a duty of care on the player to make sure guys land safely."
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Leinster's Ireland number eight Jamie Heaslip also came off in the second half, but O'Connor is confident he can carry the niggle into Six Nations action.
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"Jamie's still carrying that shoulder. He was struggling a little so fresh legs were going to be important."
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