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Robbie Henshaw's Lions Injury Is Worse Than First Feared

Robbie Henshaw's Lions Injury Is Worse Than First Feared

Few have endured a more disappointing Lions tour than Robbie Henshaw. Having initially been tipped as a starter in the Test matches, given his obvious capabilities as Warrenball's Bosher-in-Chief at inside-centre, Henshaw was deemed the collateral to the selection of Ben Te'o, so only got an opportunity in the midweek team, from which few players have levered Test involvements (CJ Stander, Courtney Lawes, Elliot Daly).

Henshaw's tour then ended early, substituted after 20 minutes of last week's game with the Hurricanes in Wellington with what appeared to be a shoulder injury.

The full extent of that injury has now been confirmed, and rather than injuring his shoulder, Henshaw has in fact torn his pectoral muscle off the bone. The Irish Independent report that Henshaw will require surgery to re-attach it, and faces a minimum of 16 weeks out of action.

That means he will miss that start of Leinster's season, and likely the opening two games of the Champions Cup pool phase in October. The injury also throws doubt over his involvement in Ireland's November internationals.

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Elsewhere, Jared Payne has been stood down from the rest of the tour and has remained in Wellington to undergo tests, as he has been suffering from migraines. Dr. Eanna Falvey has said that it is not believed to be related to concussion.

[Irish Independent]

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Gavin Cooney
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