Leinster handed Champions Cup final boost as 3 Ireland stars return


Ireland and Leinster winger James Ryan is expected to return to full training this week to put himself in contention to play in the Investec Champions Cup final on May 25.

The 27-year-old has been out of action since undergoing surgery in March after tearing his biceps tendon in training ahead of Ireland's Guinness Six Nations match with England.

Ireland coach Andy Farrell spoke of how “freak” Ryan suffered the injury at the time.

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He said: “Just a freak accident really just a reaction to a non-contact tackle and he's hurt his bicep, so probably, well, he won't be available for the remainder of this Six Nations.”

Ryan is one of three Irish players set to return to Leinster training this week ahead of a trip to Belfast on Saturday to face Ulster.

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Hugo Keenan is also expected to return to training after recovering from a hip problem that forced him to withdraw from the Leinster Champions Cup quarter-final against La Rochelle.

Will Connors is the latest member of the returning trio, who missed Leinster's 61-14 win over the Ospreys in the United Rugby Championship on Saturday.

Elsewhere in the squad, Gary Ringrose will continue to be assessed this week to see if he can feature against Ulster. The Irish player has been out of action since last March due to a shoulder injury.

Leinster face Toulouse at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in the European Championship, but will face Ulster at the Kingspan Stadium beforehand, which could provide an opportunity for their returning side to put their hand up for selection.





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