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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