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Published: 15:40 | 24/5/19

O'Brien worry for Schmidt


Leinster will issue an update on Sean O'Brien's fitness next week, head coach Leo Cullen has confirmed.

O'Brien will be denied a final appearance for his native province after a hip injury ruled him out of Saturday's Guinness PRO14 final against Glasgow Warriors.

The Tullow Tank will leave Leinster at the end of the season to move to London Irish and his hopes of a final appearance for the Blues were dashed when he failed to recover from the injury, which also kept him out of the semi-final win over Munster.

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt is due to name his World Cup training squad on Monday or Tuesday and O'Brien will be hoping to be included with Leinster due to issue an update on his condition next week.

"Seanie, he has just been a little bit slower now, we will probably have a bit more of an update on his next week," Cullen told reporters in Glasgow.

"You know he has been struggling a bit with a hip injury that has been ongoing."

Devin Toner will miss the game as a result of the knee injury he sustained in the win over Munster and he will be out for up to six weeks.

"Dev with his medial injury so it won’t be anything too major but it is a 4-6 week injury he is unavailable," Cullen added.

"Dev is obviously a loss for us, as is Seán, from an experience point of view but the other guys have probably played more games in terms of getting the teams to this place."

Leinster play Glasgow in the Guinness PRO14 final on Saturday, 25 May live on eir sport 1 [kick-off 6.30pm]. Subscribe here

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