Big blow for Leinster's Roux

Tue, 27 Nov 2012 10:35
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Leinster have been struck a blow with the news that young South African lock Quinn Roux has been sidelined for five months with a dislocated shoulder.

Leinster have been struck a blow with the news that young South African lock Quinn Roux has been sidelined for five month with a dislocated shoulder.

The former Western Province and Stormers lock moved to Leinster earlier this year and had just started to find his feet for the European champions before he was forced to leave the field in their victory over the Glasgow Warriors last week.

Leinster coach Joe Schmidt said that Roux can expect to spend "16 to 20 weeks" on the sidelines, which is particularly frustrating given the promising form he has shown recently.

"I don't know if you saw it but he was starting to get a little bit of rhythm," said Schmidt.

"He is a very strong man and we were starting to get a little excited about what we thought he could bring to help us out.

"It's really devastating for him. He is really gutted. Just the way he fell, his shoulder dislocation, he is probably looking at 16 to 20 weeks' rehabilitation," he said.

It is the latest set-back for Roux, who is still waiting for his first taste of European action having suffered a fractured collarbone at the beginning of the season.

The injury leaves Leinster with just four specialist locks, Tom Denton, Devin Toner, Damien Browne and captain Leo Cullen.

Leinster recruited All Black Brad Thorne to cover injuries last season but Schmidt has ruled out using a medical joker.

"Thorny is already signed for the Highlanders in New Zealand so there is no going there. At the same time we got Damien
Browne back on the field and Tom Denton back from injury as well.

"I don't know if you kept an eye on him on Friday but I thought Leo Cullen trucked around pretty well. Spring chicken that he is. There is still a bit of life in those legs."

But Schmidt has more positive news in the backs with Rob Kearney, Brian O'Driscoll, Luke Fitzgerald and Eoin O'Malley all continue their recovery from various injuries.

Kearney and O'Driscoll have a slim chance of being available for the final group stage rounds of the Heineken Cup in January.

But Leinster are hopeful that O'Malley, and even Fitzgerald, could be involved in the crucial back-to-back clashes with Clermont Auvergne in December.

"Brian and Rob, mid-January is their expected return-to-play date. We'll be guided by the surgeons and the specialists as to what sort of state they are in.

"Luke is in great shape. If you see him out there training he is extremely sharp on his feet.

"It is just a matter of waiting for the all clear for him to take full contact again. That might be one, two, three or four weeks away. I don't expect it to be any more than that. He has made really good progress.

"He's ahead of schedule. We got a bit excited that he might be a bit further ahead than that but unfortunately we have to be patient because he is a top-quality member of our environment.

"Eoin O'Malley is a guy who could possibly be involved this weekend (at home to Zebre) or next weekend in Clermont Auvergne."

Leinster are currently second in Pool Five of the Heineken Cup and trail the French club by two points.

The kick-off their December double-header at Stade Marcel Michellin with the clashes decisive as to whether the Irish province will be able to defend their Heineken Cup crown.

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FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Fri, 15 December 2017
Ulster v Harlequins 19h45 Kingspan Stadium
Sat, 16 December 2017
Montpellier v Glasgow Warriors 13h00 Altrad Stadium
Treviso v Scarlets 13h00 Stadio Comunale di Monigo
Leinster v Exeter Chiefs 15h15 Aviva Stadium
Racing Metro v Castres 15h15 Stade Yves-du-Manoir
Bath v Toulon 17h30 Recreation Ground
Sun, 17 December 2017
Wasps v La Rochelle 13h00 Ricoh Arena
Clermont Auvergne v Saracens 15h15 Stade Marcel-Michelin
Ospreys v Northampton Saints 15h15 Liberty Stadium
Leicester Tigers v Munster 17h30 Welford Road
RESULT SCORE
Mon, 11 December 2017
Saracens v Clermont Auvergne 14 | 46
Sun, 10 December 2017
Exeter Chiefs v Leinster 8 | 18
Harlequins v Ulster 5 | 17
La Rochelle v Wasps 49 | 29
Sat, 09 December 2017
Munster v Leicester Tigers 33 | 10
Castres v Racing Metro 16 | 13
Northampton Saints v Ospreys 32 | 43
Toulon v Bath 24 | 20
Scarlets v Treviso 33 | 28
Fri, 08 December 2017
Glasgow Warriors v Montpellier 22 | 29
Sun, 03 December 2017
Harlequins v Saracens 20 | 19
Sat, 02 December 2017
Cheetahs v Scarlets 28 | 21
Munster v Ospreys 36 | 10
Wasps v Leicester Tigers 32 | 25
Treviso v Leinster 10 | 36
PRO14
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Pool A
Team P W D L Pts
Glasgow Warriors 10 10 0 0 48
Munster 10 7 0 3 36
Cheetahs 10 6 0 4 29
Cardiff Blues 10 4 0 6 19
Connacht 10 3 0 7 18
Zebre 10 3 0 7 16
Ospreys 10 2 0 8 11
Pool B
Team P W D L Pts
Scarlets 10 8 0 2 40
Leinster 10 8 0 2 37
Ulster 10 7 1 2 35
Edinburgh 10 6 0 4 28
Treviso 10 3 0 7 15
Dragons 10 2 1 7 13
Kings 10 0 0 10 4
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