LUKE FITZGERALD IS set to miss the rest of the season, after Leinster and IRFU Medical staff decided the player should undergo surgery to address an ongoing neck problem.
The decision means he will miss Leinster’s upcoming Heineken Cup final against Ulster, in addition to Ireland’s summer tour of New Zealand.
Speaking after the news was announced, Leinster Coach Joe Schmidt said: “Obviously to lose a player of Luke’s pedigree at such a crucial time of the season is a massive blow, not just for the team and our supporters, but also for the player himself. Luke has been in fine form recently and as well as his capabilities on the field, he is a positive and popular presence within the dressing-room.
“Knowing Luke, he will be determined to overcome this setback and aggressively tackle his rehab to regain full fitness and he will continue to benefit from the full support of Leinster Rugby and the IRFU during that timeframe.”