Leinster coach Joe Schmidt believes that Brian O’Driscoll’s latest injury is unlikely to rule him out of the upcoming Autumn Internationals.
O’Driscoll picked up an ankle injury in Saturday evening’s emphatic 59-22 RaboDirect PRO12 victory over Cardiff Blues at the RDS.
The Ireland skipper was keen to play on, however, the Leinster bench chose to replace O’Driscoll as a precaution.
Speaking after the game Schmidt confirmed that O’Driscoll’s injury was not too serious and that the substitution was made with O’Driscol’s upcoming international commitments in mind.
Schmidt said: “He sprained his ankle. He was going to play on. In the end, we measured up the responsibilities that he has got coming up and we replaced him. We don’t think at this stage that it is too serious.”
“He sprained his ankle. We don’t think that it is too serious” - Schmidt
And Schmidt was not getting carried away with the hammering that his side dished out on the Welsh side at the RDS, despite his side romping home with nine tries and a bonus-point victory.
Schmidt added: “I think it shows the evidence of an extra day’s recovery. We had a seven-day turnaround, they had a tough six-day after a tough game with Toulon.
“So I certainly wouldn’t read as much into it that the nine tries may suggest, but I do think that the first half was really good value from us.”
Leinster must plan for next week’s league clash without their international contingent but Schmidt is keen to maintain the momentum that his side has garnered over the last few matches.
“That’s a tough time for us (without our internationals),” said the Leinster boss.”We play Ospreys next Sunday and that will be a tough match, but they will also be missing their internationals.
“But we would like to keep building on our recent results. We’ve managed to string a few wins together so we would like to keep that going.”