Luke McGrath set to miss Ireland squad for Wales game
Leinster scrumhalf suffers knee injury in second half of win over Scarlets
Luke McGrath suffered a knee injury in Leinster’s win over Scarlets at the RDS. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho
Luke McGrath appears to be out of contention for the Ireland squad that plays Wales next Saturday in Dublin.
Captaining Leinster in Saturday’s 20-13 victory over Pro 14 champions the Scarlets, McGrath was forced off on 48 minutes with a knee injury.
Initial prognosis has ruled out an Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) tear which requires surgery and a nine-month layoff.
“Luke, with his knee, we’ll see,” said Leinster coach Leo Cullen. “I’m not sure. He has a bag of ice on it but he is moving around okay. He will get it scanned. He was due to go back into [Ireland] camp but we will make some assessments on what is best for his recovery.”
On Rory O’Loughlin’s concussion, Cullen stated: “Rory was okay there. He is taken off with a suspicion of a HIA so he will go through the return to play [protocols].”