Leinster expect James Ryan to return for Pro14 final
Fergus McFadden ruled out of Ulster clash but no decision yet on Furlong or Leavy
Leinster’s James Ryan and Dan Leavy with skills coach Hugh Hogan during a recent training session. Photograph: Inpho
Leinster and Ireland secondrow James Ryan is expected to be available for selection for the Pro14 final on Saturday at the Aviva Stadium.
Ryan has not played since rugby’s return, having suffered a shoulder injury in training which required a procedure to address the issue. His return for the Pro14 decider against Ulster is ahead of schedule, and a major boost for Leo Cullen’s team. They also face reigning champions Saracens in the Champions Cup quarter final on Saturday week.
Furlong will be further reviewed this week following his return from a back injury, as will Leavy who is returning from a serious knee injury.
Fergus McFadden is unavailable for selection this weekend but will look to increase his training load further as he steps up his rehabilitation from a calf injury. Dave Kearney (hamstring), Conor O’Brien (hamstring), Adam Byrne (hamstring) and Vakh Abdaladze (back) also remain sidelined.