Huge Update Regarding Johnny Sexton’s Fitness
Johnny Sexton looks set to be back in blue at lot sooner than expected.
Leinster are hopeful that outhalf Johnny Sexton will be fit enough to play in their New Year’s Eve match against Ulster at the weekend. Sexton has been out since limping off against the All Blacks in Dublin last month while on Irish duty.
The talented playmaker has been nursing a hamstring problem among other things and has been given an extended break in recent weeks as Leinster and Ireland look to manage his welfare heading into the busy 2017 for club and country.
“Johnny trained fully (on Tuesday),” Leinster coach Leo Cullen told the Irish Times.
“He looked pretty good out there so we are pretty hopeful he will come through the week. Johnny was full of life today. He is keen to get back involved as soon as possible.”
Leinster have little to no control of their starting Ireland players as they are plucked in and out of their training base.
“Yeah, and that’s the case with some of the national players and with the Irish medical team as well,” said Cullen.
“He is a nationally contracted player. We want to try and do what’s best for Johnny. He’s dying to get back involved now at this stage because it has been a frustrating period for him being on the sideline watching his team-mates playing in Europe and on the weekend as well. But he looked sharp out there today.”