James Ryan says close friend Dan Leavy is the type of person who can bounce back from his horrific leg injury.

Flanker Leavy, 24, will be out of action for an unspecified time after severely damaging his knee during Leinster’s Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final win over Ulster at the end of March.

The province have described the issue as a "complex knee ligament injury" and speaking in the aftermath, Leavy, who will miss the World Cup, said "I have been blown away by the messages of support and encouragement I’ve received already.

"I am blessed to have the family and friends I do and thank everyone for their well wishes.

"Looking forward to starting the road to recovery soon. I will be back."

Asked about his Leavy’s form after Leinster’s win over Toulouse in Dublin yesterday, Ryan told RTÉ Sport: "Dan’s grand, he’s not somebody that tends to dwell on things too much.

"He’s got an operation coming up soon and if there’s anybody who’s going to come back from an injury like that it’s him."

Second row Ryan, 22, was in outstanding form for the holders as they booked a place in the final against English champions Saracens with a 30-12 win over Toulouse.

He said: "We took our chances, our lineout drive was good, defence is probably the area we’d be most happy with, kept them scoreless.

"It doesn’t happen often with them if you look at the personnel they’ve got.

"[The final] is going to be some game, they look very strong if you look at the game [against Munster], very strong pack and defensively they are so good.

"We’re going to have to ramp it up a couple of levels."